Ontario court mulls constitutionality of gun crime minimum sentences


Andrew Seymour
PostMedia News
November 12, 2013

The case of a robber who ambushed employees of an Ottawa grocery store with a pellet gun is among six cases that will be decided Tuesday by Ontario’s Court of Appeal in what could be a landmark decision on the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.

The stakes are high for the Conservative government’s justice agenda, since a decision finding the sentences unconstitutional would effectively strike down the sentences in Ontario.

But no matter what the Ontario appellate court decides, all roads lead to the Supreme Court of Canada, said Kent Roach, a University of Toronto professor.

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