If we lived in a perfect world, we wouldn't need prisons; we wouldn't have offenders. In an ideal world, which we do have, if an offender were to receive compensation from the government or another place, then he would freely turn around and provide that restitution to the victim that he created. We all know this. But you don't just give the money over to the victim. These are court-ordered restitutions, right, which, as we talked about, are very rare to see.
But you would hope, then, that as the process, whether it's this process or a process whereby they were encouraged.... I think in Bill C-10 there's a reference now in the correctional plan to encouraging offenders to repay. You would hope that this could perhaps be part of the programming for offenders: you created this victim and this is part of your responsibility now to that person to help make up for what you've done and to apologize.
I think probably we'd be surprised by how many offenders might want to do that. They might, after taking some program, be very much in favour of that. But having said that, if they choose not to do it, then I think it's a fair process to say, “Well, you're going to do it anyway, because you do have a court-ordered sentence”.
These are sentences that they have. Fulfilling a restitution order is not just a responsibility; it's a legal obligation to fulfill your sentence, just like going to prison, or just not like drinking if you're on probation. I think it can be part of a rehabilitation effort for a lot of offenders.