In an interview in the Law Times, the author of a recently released MLI report on mandatory minimum sentences calls on judges who circumvent their application to "resign and run for Parliament".

Lincoln Caylor made the comments while speaking about his recent report, co-authored with his Bennett Jones LLP colleague Gannon Beaulne, titled "Parliamentary Restrictions on Judicial Discretion in Sentencing: A defence of mandatory minimum sentences".

The MLI report responds to a chorus of criticism from the legal community about Parliament's decision to expand the minimum sentences for a variety of crimes, a change the legal community has widely condemned.

However Caylor and Beaulne counter that, as long as they remain constitutional, mandatory minimums and victim fine surcharges can play an important role in upholding the rule of law.

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