Projet de Loi

Jean De Villeray

Draft of a “Citizen Bill”

Concerns about our judiciary system

Are you fed up of the verdicts or sentences of judges which never are carried out? Are you fed up of those which are carried out but are so ridiculous that they entail serious doubts about the honesty of the judges and the integrity of the whole judiciary system? What happened to the concept of “merit” in our society? Is it still a value in our society? Is money sufficient to make one meritorious?

Once out of jail, any criminal can get a passport whether of not any proof of rehabilitation were given. Many go to the South to living the big life with the fruits of their thieving. With a passport, they can simply tell us: “Catch me if you can!”

Is it a fundamental right to have a drivers license? In many big cities of Japan, no one can get a car unless proven that a parking space is available out of the streets. Does that make Japan a totalitarian country? There are rights and privileges, and one must learn to see the difference between them both.

Will a prisoner exercise its voting right in favor of a politician who will be more severe towards criminals, or will he vote for one who will promise leniency? Should we put guards at risk in order for the prisoners to exercise their right to vote? Should someone still have the right to vote while it never has respected any of the rules of society? Remember the criminals who scalded octogenarians to steal a couple of hundred of dollars during the Christmas holidays? Do you think they deserve the right to vote, to get a passport, a driver license? What more? Tell me!

In the eyes of our teenagers, many criminals are shown as heroes because our society concedes them favours. They get preferential treatments, we make them look like “untouchables”, people who are above the law. Is that normal? No. What can we do? By adopting new rules of life, by being respectful of certain principles, by giving merit some stand, we can change everything. Absolutely everything! Are we going to live in a totalitarian country for as much? No! The youth will simply realize that there are more advantages in living as good citizens than there are in living as hooligans or criminals.

Draft of a “Citizen Bill”

In order to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and to incite them to surpass themselves and make greater efforts, and in order to install a new form of social justice, it is imperative to adopt new rules of life that will make the relationship of all humans who form our society more convivial.

So it is proposed to give back to the “citizen” a new definition and a new meaning that will incite humans to live in harmony with one another. The true citizen, the good citizen is the one who understands that not only does he has rights and freedom, but he also has duties and responsibilities which he intends to fulfil in being respectful of the “Charter of duties and responsibilities of the person”.

The “citizen” title

Everybody is credited with the “citizen” title. “Everybody” means the people born in the country as well as any immigrant who was naturalized Canadian after due inquiry. The advantages:

• The right to get a passport
• The right to vote
• The right to get a driver license
• The right to apply for a job as civil servant in a municipal, provincial or federal entity.

How to keep the title?

• By not loosing more than 14 demerit points over a 5-year period.
• Each minor offence costs 5 demerit points. So 3 minor offences over a 5-year period and the title is lost.
• Any major offence makes you lose the title for the rest of your life.
• Major offences renders the title lost for ever and for minor ones, it would be restorable under certain conditions.

Examples of major offences making the “citizen” title lost for ever

• Murder, armed robbery, hostage taking, kidnapping;
• Rape under threat (knife, revolver, acid);
• Use of torture;
• Sexual abuse on minors; child pornography and its derivative commercial uses, physical abuses with the intent of robbery;
• Embezzlement by lawyers and notaries, telemarketing frauds;
• Belonging to a car, truck or heavy machinery theft ring, or belonging to a criminal bikers gang;
• Arson;
• Import or export of drugs; intensive culture of cannabis;
• Bomb threats in a place or in a public place, terrorism;
• Spreading of a virus in a computer network;
• Hit and runs, whether or not under influence;
• Looting;
• Pillage of food banks;
• Theft of a seeing-eye dog;
• Cheating in international sports or olympic competitions; and aiding and abetting.

There surely are many others, but we can include all forms of criminality that is costly to a society or any other form of criminality showing a total absence of the most elementary principles of justice, associated to a lack of kindness, compassion or pity for the most vulnerable people. In brief, any person who commits a filthy crime or a vile crime loses his or her title of citizen.

Example of minor offences where the “citizen” title may be restored

• Throwing garbage or any kind of debris along a street, in a ditch or on public land;
• Spitting on the sidewalk, in public buildings or public vehicles;
• Damaging public property with graffiti or writing; scratching windows of train, bus or metro; seat slashes;
• Disturbing peace under influence;
• Not picking up dog fesces;
• Shop-lifting;
• Leaving an apartment without paying the rent;
• Parking a vehicle in a handicapped zone;
• Intervening on an open-line on the radio using obscene or abusive language, and acting in a way as to disrupt the broadcasting;
• Excessive speed in a school zone; passing a bus with flashers on;
• Not giving up our seat in a bus or metro to a person with a reduced mobility;
• Urinating in the streets in broad daylight or near a place where you can enter to do it in a civilized manner.

We can include other offences showing disregard towards others or immaturity of the citizen.

Consequences to the impairing or lost of the “citizen” title

For minor offences

How can one recuperate the “citizen” title for minor offences? By not losing any points for 10 years; at the end of 5 years, a person could recuperate only his driver license and, at the end of 5 years more, recuperate the title and all of the advantages related to it.

If a person persists in repeating the minor offences and loses 15 points more within a 5-year period, this person enters the category ”non-restorable”. No one can restore his or her title more than twice.

Moreover, a course of civic responsibility and good manners will become a priority subject taught at school. No student will obtain his or her driver licence unless he or she passes a written exam of “good citizen” at the end of high school. And for all those who don’t go to school, they will receive a copy of the Charter of duties and responsibilities of the person explaining clearly how to be a good citizen.

For major offences

Nobody who lost the title can regain or ask for a part of the privileges associated with it.

For example: spending the winter in Florida for health reasons, negotiating a million or even billion dollar contracts, going to the funeral or burial of one’s father, mother, sisters or children in a foreign country will be denied.

Once the title of “citizen” is lost, not a lawyer neither a politician can restore it. Nevertheless, if later on, a non-meritant person proves, by an act of bravery or an exceptional action that could be worthy of making him/her receiving the Order of Canada, then the case might be revised. Only the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Canada, by common agreement, are authorized to restore the title and its privileges.

Charter of duties and responsibilities of the person

The present charter wishes to facilitate the life and exchanges between the different people who are part of our society. The main goal of this charter is educational. Were each member of the society making it a duty of respecting this charter, a better quality of life would result for the whole society, associated to economic advantages. Mutual respect diminishes social tensions and individual stress, and consequently becomes a peace generator.

Article One

We owe to ourselves a mutual respect: we must behave towards others like we wish them to behave towards us.

Article 2

We must show patience and generosity to others.

Article 3

We must be willing to sacrifice certain aspects of our private life in order to increase the public security of all the society.

Article 4

It is imperative to each and all of us to respect the concept of authority. The State has the duty to respect the parental authority and to do nothing to diminish this finality. In return, citizens must respect any person holding a charge of authority, whether it is a teacher, a policeman, a security agent or a magistrate. Furthermore, any person being in charge of children for a short period of time must be considered as detaining parental authority (ex.: school crossing guard, school bus driver, day care worker).

Article 5

We must give to any person holding a position of authority the same rights and privileges given by the legislator to the parents when we entrust that person with the care and education of our children. This measure allows others to educate our own children in making them responsible and respectful beings. If we want our children to take up sane behaviors, it is imperative that continuity be maintained by the parent substitutes.

Article 6

We must respect public property, which belongs to each and all of us. With the obvious goal of diminishing the maintenance cost of public property, it is our duty not only to not deteriorate it, but to participate in every possible way to keep it in good shape.

Article 7

We must provide for the most vulnerable people in our society support, help, and supplementary protection, proportionately to the paying capacity of the society (ex.: elderly without family support, physically and mentally handicapped persons, babies and young children under the care of parents who are incapacitated or unable to give them the essential care needed to their well-being.

Article 8

If a person witnesses that a child does not receive minimum help or decent support for its survival or growth, it must denounce the fact and make sure that the child will receive whatever is vital and necessary to its good development, even if that means placement in a foster family.

Article 9

We must respect the religious customs of all religions whenever possible. Nevertheless, should certain citizens adopt detrimental of harmful religious customs or uses constituting a threat to physical or emotional security of other citizens, these religious ways shall be changed in order to live in harmony with the rest of the society.

Article 10

Any citizen who visits or lives in a foreign country must behave as if it was living in Canada and must respect the local customs and laws. Should he or she does not conform, this citizen shall be exposed to the local judiciary harshness as well as to be judged, back in Canada, as being unworthy to be considered a citizen.

Should you agree with this bill, discuss it with your friends.

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