By KATHLEEN HARRIS
Toronto Sun, Canada
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will move swiftly to lock up dangerous cons for longer jail terms and end Canada's cushy "Club Fed" prison system.
Sketching out plans for a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system, Harper told the Canadian Professional Police Association yesterday he will also shelve Liberal plans to decriminalize marijuana and crack down on drug dealers, pot grow-ops and violent offenders.
A tighter parole system will remove statutory release provisions that allow most criminals to walk free after serving two-thirds of a sentence.
"If we are to protect our Canadian way of life, we need to crack down on gun, gang and drug crime," he said. "Canadians are tired of talk. They want action, and they want it now."
Bush won't backoff passport rule
CANCUN, Mexico -- U.S. President George W. Bush says he won't oppose Congress's law requiring anyone entering the U.S. to carry a passport or similar biometric credentials even though businesses on both sides of the border insist the rule will hamper travel and trade.
Speaking along side Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Mexican President Vicente Fox at a NAFTA summit in Cancun last week, Bush acknowledged the rule could cause trouble for some businesses, but confirmed the U.S. won't back off from the plan.
Under the requirement, which takes effect in 2007 for land crossings and by the end of this year for air and sea travelers, Canadians, and U.S. citizens returning home, must show a passport to U.S. Customs officials every time they cross the border.
This Associated Press story has a nice picture of the Tres Hombres mounting a Ziggurat.