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Justice committee  I have a 20-second intervention here. As I've stated in several fora in recent days, one of the issues with gun violence is that this is a multivariate problem, precisely because we've reintroduced discretion into a process that previously had a mandatory 10-year minimum senten

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  Right, but if you as a criminal know that you might end up with a choice in how you're going to be prosecuted—there might be various reasons—I think that particular element of the law would serve as less of a deterrent than when you know there's no choice and you face a particula

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  Right, but the offender realizes that the prosecution has that choice. That, I think, has an impact on the incentive structure that offenders use, and we do have research to that effect.

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  I've done an entire book on the Canadian Constitution and issues arising from it. I'm also a scholar of federalism and an associate of the best-known institute in the country that deals with issues of federalism and intergovernmental relations. All that is to say that I speak wi

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  They're not my numbers. They are Statistics Canada numbers that are submitted as an addendum to my brief.

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  As you know, and your own legal experience in this field testifies to that, we already have different types of standards when it comes to warrants, for instance, so introducing these types of standards would make good sense. It also is in line with the practice with which complex

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  Look, I think it would be— Sorry. Go ahead.

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I thank you for your invitation and for the privilege of testifying before the committee. I have a couple of caveats. I'm no lawyer and I come at this strictly as a political scientist. I've also been asked to comment specifically on the issu

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Justice committee  Thank you.

September 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  Every day, 5,000 Slavs are added to the Russian population of this region. As a result of demographic decline, the Russians are worried about the decline of the Slavic identity. I think this plays an important role in the region's demographic strategy and in Russia's identificati

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  We need to train the trainers so that the trainers can then translate that to the rest of the troops. I think this is partially an area where more connectivity between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Ukrainian armed forces would be quite helpful. I think you rightly pointed out

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  Can I give you two quick points? One is that small arms are already showing up in Europe from the conflict in Ukraine, especially in the weapons markets in Belgium, and are being used by people who we consider as terrorists. So there would be the proliferation of small arms, if

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I think we need to ask ourselves where we have a comparative advantage. My argument would be, on cyber, for instance, we don't have a comparative advantage relative to what some of our allies can contribute. On lethal weapons, I'm not sure we have a comparative advantage. I think

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I think the shorter answer here is to defer to the OSCE. I think the OSCE is doing what it can, but if we want to decrease the violations of the ceasefire, then we're going to need to have the OSCE out at night. Basically it's calm during the day and then at night everybody shoot

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  I'm less concerned about the rank and file than I am about the officer corps. As your colleague Mr. Garrison pointed out, how members of the officer corps conduct themselves is ultimately going to determine our ability to rein folks in. With some of our partners in Kurdistan, w

October 18th, 2017Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht