Friday, May 18, 2012

Oh Canada! $631 Mercy

The Star reports that the Conservative government’s "decision to quadruple the cost of getting a criminal pardon has left a backlog of about 22,500 applications and a two-tier system for handling applicants." In February, the fee for a “record suspension” was raised to $631 and "new faster processing times" appear to "only apply to the pricier applications."

Anyone who applied under the old fee ($150) is "being pushed to the bottom of the pile and may wait two years or more." There is another option, however. If they want to, they can "forfeit the $150 already paid and cough up another $631."

 The Conservative government is said to have "pursued a very public crackdown on the whole pardon system."  See story here.

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