Do Canadians set a double standard when it comes to the law?
Sadly, the answer is yes.
The latest example of proof is in the whole Brenda Martin case. She was in a Mexican jail, found guilty of Internet fraud. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
She has maintained her innocence, as most people in jail are likely to do. The Canadian government, under pressure by some of the Canadian media, worked to get her transferred to a Canadian jail.
Now, in the few days since arriving back to Canada, authorities are working to release her on parole.
Glad to see we respect Mexico’s justice system.
I know, I know. She was in prison for two years before having a trial. Like that’s never happened in Canada. But she did have a trial, and was found guilty. According to my math, that means she should still have three years left to serve.
What’s sad is that so many Canadians seem okay with all of this. If the roles were reversed, we’d be up in arms. If we sent a Mexican found guilty in the Canadian courts back to his home country, only to see him freed immediately, it would probably spark a huge outcry and a federal election.
I certainly wouldn’t be happy if I was one of the Mexican authorities who okayed the transferred. This situation probably won’t help much in the future if there’s another poor soul we need to save from a Mexican prison.
But now that we set a precident, maybe we can get more prisoners sent here and released on parole. Maybe there are people convicted of murder and rape in the jail we can save next. I’m sure they maintain they are innocent as well. Why isn’t the government helping them?