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Why the different treatment of Carolyn Warren?

Friday, July 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Nothing in the constitution prevents persons from being elected to Parliament or appointed to the Senate even if they have previous convictions and served long prison sentences.

There, they approve and oversee budgets of billions of dollars, impose taxes, and enact laws that bind all of us.

Section 40 of the constitution prohibits a person from serving as a Member of Parliament or senator if he or she is under a sentence of death or is currently serving a term of imprisonment of or exceeding six months.

In our political history, there have been individuals with criminal convictions who were subsequently elected to Parliament and served in ministerial positions, including Phillip Paulwell's predecessor in East Kingston and Port Royal, a fact that seems to have fled his memory.

Carolyn Warren may be called to account for not disclosing the fact of her previous conviction, but in terms of the conviction per se, is she to be made exceptional?

Puzzled Observer

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