Kara Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Canada is apparently America's prison now

Note: This post was written before I realized I was trans and/or before I came out online. As such, I might refer to myself as a man or use my deadname. Please read my name policy to understand how you should refer to me.

It's true. A U.S. teacher convicted of sexual abuse has been exiled to Canada as his punishment (post your view here). He lives here already with his wife and kids, but now he just can't come back to the U.S. for three years. Oh my. Such a terrible punishment. We all know how harsh it is to live in Canada. :ermm:

Since when did Canada become the America's prison? "Let's not waste the taxpayer's money on storing our criminals in little buildings in America. Let's just send them to Canada instead." Ouch. Firstly, what does that say about the U.S. courts' view of Canada? Apparently living here is equivocable to living in jail in America? Secondly, and I may be going out on a limb here, what with my radical Canadian liberal views on morality, but shouldn't a sex offender be, oh, I don't know, behind bars? What sort of message does this send to other sex offenders, or other criminals in general, in America? Be good and we might let you go to Canada?

It's astounding at the audacity of politicians sometimes. Just when I think it can't get any more entertaining, it does.