1 in 8 has a criminal record. Let's Lift the Burden and make record suspensions free and accessible for law-abiding Canadians.

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mian toor
Sep 30, 2020
pardon should be free and fast

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Mike Farbotko
1 year ago
People make mistakes. Stats prove that when given a chance to get back into society and get a well paying job to support themselves, more than 95% no not re-offend. Why can't politicians use these proven facts? Lately they acknowledge there is an issue but drag their feet and don't do a thing. These are people's lives here too!!

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Josh Smith
2 years ago
Life long criminal records seem to be a massive problem, both for Canada, and the U.S. (where I live).
I've recently started a petition myself on this very same topic for the U.S. I believe it to be well thought out and articulate. Please give it a read, as well as considering signing this wonderful petition for Canada. http://chng.it/qS7yKhnC

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shannon Macmillan
2 years ago
I'm limited to what job I can apply for which lowers my income and be able to afford the necessities of a healthy stable life. I made a mistake and paid for it as well as learned from it. I shouldn't be punished for the rest of my life after turning it around.

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Randy Laprise
3 years ago
Im a father of 5 and presently on ODSP. I have had several opportunities at a job that my disability could handle but due to a minor conviction over 11 years ago i got dennied these jobs. How does a family of 7 being on odsp pay over $700 to get a pardon? Its wrong! How many people on ODSP or welfare are denied work due to not being able to afford a pardon? I bet lots!

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Kamaal Hansel
3 years ago
I don't think its right law abiding citizens have to suffer with a wrong they committed years ago. In my case its over ten years now and it still affects me. It's like it will overshadow any good your trying to do. We need reform now, so yes a record suspension should be free.

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Joshua Bullied
3 years ago
It’s unconstitutional to bar Canadians the right to work!!! I have a bachelors degree in business admin and working towards a CPA and it’s difficult to find meaningful work. All because of an eight year old weapons violation when I was shooting gophers with a 22. It all comes down to money they wanna bleed citizens by jacking up the price of a record suspension, unbelievable that voters couldn’t see through this bill when it was passed so many people in this country operating at room temperature IQ.

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Steven Warren
3 years ago
It will cost me so much money and too much time to get a pardon.
I would love to be able to go on my kids school trips but because I was young and stupid I cannot clear a security check. I’m missing out on major job opportunities because of this also. I will spend the money I need to but it would be nice to just pay 1 fee and be able to have a clearance in less than a month. It has been about 15 years or more for me since I was in any sort of trouble. So I feel that I should be able to be pardoned for my crimes especially since I have already paid the fines and done time for the petty crimes I committed.. I however do believe that someone who commits a terrible act like murder, armed robbery, And any sexual offence shall not be excused at all.

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Hazel Steele
3 years ago
I have a DUI from 39 years ago and feel the need to pay the amount needed to make a record suspension is way to high

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Bobby Loewen
3 years ago
Having a record for the last 17 years and not being able to afford to do anything about it has hindered my ability to see my family and to further my career.