This is utter bullshit. Not because the idea is wrong-headed ...
The Harper government is throwing its weight behind a private members' bill that would give police the power to arrest anyone hiding their identity during a riot or unlawful assembly.... but because the offence already exists in the Criminal Code section 351(2) and carries a maximum period of imprisonment of ten years.
Conservative backbencher Blake Richards is proposing penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 for protesters who wear a mask or disguise.
Which makes Blake Richards an idiot or another blind Harperista Law 'n' Order punishment freak who is unable to read. (You don't have settle for just one of the two).
As James Morton asks, doesn't anyone read the Criminal Code?
And the voters of the Alberta riding of Wild Rose should be asking why their Harperite pal is so soft on crime since he proposes to reduce the existing maximum penalty by 50 percent.