Julie Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Toews, said the government is exploring giving a partial credit to those who paid the $150 fee but who wish to resubmit their applications under the higher fee.
Applicants under the old structure now have to wait up to 18 months to have their case assigned to a parole officer, while applicants who paid the higher fee have to wait as little as two months. As the Federal Court is authorized intervene if a tribunal has "unreasonably delayed" a process in carrying out its statutory obligations I smell yet another court challenge of the Harper government, surely they must already hold the record for such challenges especially for the number of such cases they have lost.
Not only is this grossly unfair but it is also a blatant attempt to apply the rule changes retroactively.
I'm sure the cons feel they can get away with this as there is generally little support among the public for the victims in this case. What the general public doesn't realise is that when our government plays fast and loose with the laws and conventions of the land we all lose.