Christie Blatchford: Conservatives’ mandatory victim surcharge idea is boneheaded but judges should still comply | National Post
Ah Peter - Judges rebellion? Really- Or are they acting in the capacity they hold.
Rebellious judges will ‘see the wisdom’ behind mandatory victim surcharge, Peter MacKay says | National Post
OTTAWA — Justice Minister Peter MacKay is deflecting criticism of a new, mandatory victim surcharge, saying judges opposed to the measure will eventually “see the wisdom” of making sure victims of crime receive proper help.
MacKay was responding Monday to reports that say judges in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta have either refused to order criminals to pay the surcharge or found ways to make it impossible for authorities to collect the fee.
Some judges and justice critics have said the surcharge places an unfair burden on those who don’t have the means to pay.
MacKay claims the money gathered from the surcharge is used to help victims with counselling and other services.