Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Judge. Thank you for your testimony and providing your insight.
You talked about mandatory minimum sentences perhaps infringing the Charter of Rights by virtue of being a cruel and unusual punishment. You then commented on how perhaps the mandatory minimum sentence for murder would survive because it was justified in a free and democratic society. Of course, we all know that murder is amongst the most heinous crimes, and I'm wondering whether the abduction of a child against its own will—you know, a vulnerable person—wouldn't fall into that category. Wouldn't that be something that perhaps could survive the criteria of what is reasonable in a free and democratic society, given the vulnerability of the victim?