"It's not in the business of forgiving":

OTTAWA - New federal legislation tabled by the government would do away with pardons for criminals and replace them with harder-to-get ''record suspensions.''
Some criminals, those convicted of sex crimes against children or those with three or more serious convictions, won't even be allowed to apply for such a suspension.
''It's not the state's business to be in the forgiveness business,'' Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Tuesday as he outlined the proposed legislation.
''The current system of pardons implies that what the person did is somehow OK, or is forgiven or that the harm done has somehow disappeared. Our government disagrees.''
Under the new legislation, people convicted of minor crimes will have to wait five years before applying for a record suspension and those guilty of more serious offences will have to wait 10 years.