The now distinct possibility of tainted American Justin Gatlin dethroning Usain Bolt at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing has become even more of a clear and present danger to all concerned. Indeed, one IAAF presidential candidate said it loud and clear: “World athletics need Bolt to beat Gatlin in Beijing.” One former British Olympian, Darren Campbell, has taken a more convoluted approach to the scenario, expressing his hope that Gatlin beats Bolt in Beijing so that the powers that be will finally pay attention to the scourge of drug use in the sport. The entire swing of sentiments going into these World Championships is against Gatlin winning, despite him being the clear world leader in both the 100 and 200m events over the last two years. The man is like an unwelcome guest in his own house, with duty of evicting him falling to Usain Bolt. My sincere hope is that Bolt and his handlers do not make the mistake of taking onto their shoulders the wider off track intricacies of the sport, at the expense of what is good for Bolt the champion athlete and Bolt the Legend. They should leave the Justin Gatlin headache to the designated administrators of the sport. We know the erudite mind that Glen Mills possesses on all matters of track and field, in particular as it relates to Bolt. I maintain that if there is even the slightest chance of Bolt losing his sprint titles to Gatlin in Beijing, then the big Jamaican should call it a “no go”. Even at this late stage. Bolt the sprinter has nothing to prove to anyone. At this stage of his career, the preservation and protection of his legacy should be more important than trying to write the wrongs of the world governing body of the sport. The normal pressure of competition, the task of trying to get into championship winning shape this season, compounded by the threat of a hungry, motivated and feisty competitor like Gatlin is in and of itself enough to bear. The consideration of the consequences of having a two-time dope cheat becoming the face of the sport while significant, is simply not Bolt’s war to fight. The IAAF is responsible for leaving the door ajar, allowing Gatlin and others to return to the sport. They are the ones who should fix that problem, not Bolt. Bolt needs to concentrate all his energies on maintaining his status of being the world’s fastest man and the greatest sprinter ever, as an active competitor that should be his obligation to himself and to the sport. If the big Jamaican is not in shape to beat Gatlin in the next couple weeks, then he should simply step away from the track, begin the arduous task of his preparing to get into the best possible shape of his life for the Rio Olympics in 2016 and look to go out in a blaze of glory. Along the way he should stay clear of the IAAF politics.
Someone convicted of these crimes should not be allowed to serve their sentences in the comfort of their own home while many of their victims can no longer afford a roof over their head! We could not allow loopholes for ‘house arrest’ to stand and therefore, in June of this year we again introduced legislation to limit the use of conditional sentencing legislation to minor crimes. Bill C-42, which was debated this week by MPs at second reading, will amend the Criminal Code so that conditional sentences will no longer be available for offences such as: street racing causing bodily harm, trafficking in persons, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death, forgery of a passport, incest, perjury, arson, counselling/aiding suicide, airgun/pistol causing bodily harm.We took another positive step forward this week when our Identity Theft legislation, Bill S-4, passed into law. This Bill creates the new offences of identity theft, trafficking in identity information and unlawful possession of trafficking in certain government-issued identity documents. Among other measures, this legislation can make an offender provide restitution to a victim for the expenses they incurred in rehabilitating their identity. Advertisement In order to fight crime in the 21st Centurym, our laws must keep pace with the technology that makes crimes, such as identity theft and the distribution of child pornography, easier to commit. That’s why our Conservative Government has also introduced legislation to give law enforcement agencies additional tools they need to investigate a crime. While careful to respect privacy rights and freedoms, Bill C-47 will expand the existing ability to obtain a warrant to intercept communications over traditional telephones to include cell phones, other wireless technologies and the Internet as well. Now that Michael Ignatieff has stepped-back from his threat to immediately attempt to bring down our Government, I am hopeful we can continue to enact legislation to better protect Canadians! We made a commitment to Canadians to restore faith in our justice system and to better protect them.And this week in the House of Commons, our Conservative Government moved aggressively to advance our crime-tackling agenda. First, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson introduced legislation to crack down on white-collar crime. This is a serious issue affecting the lives of Canadian families who have been swindled out of their hard-earned savings at the hands of fraudsters and criminals. – Advertisement -If passed, the legislation will make jail time mandatory for fraud over $1-million by setting a new mandatory sentence of two years for white collar crimes. The impact on the victim and the magnitude of the fraud will also be considered as factors to toughen sentences. Judges will be required to consider forcing offenders to make restitution to victims in all fraud cases. And affected groups will be allowed to submit Community Impact Statements to the Court. This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to crack down on white collar crime, but the Liberals gutted our previous legislation, introduced in 2006, that would have denied house arrest for serious crimes such as fraud and theft over $5,000.Advertisement