Tougher Sentencing Law Likely to Face Charter Challenge, Says Law Prof

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a new bill Wednesday to deny parole to certain criminals, but the stiffer penalties could face a constitutional challenge because the only way left to get out of jail would be with the approval of the public safety minister.

The new law will apply to those convicted of first-degree murder involving: the killing of police officers or correctional officers; terrorism; kidnapping or sexual assault; and crimes “of a particularly brutal nature.” It would also apply to those who commit high treason.

This content has been updated on March 28, 2015 at 14:03.