Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Mann, Ruth


Argumentation, Democratic Deliberation, Mandatory Minimums, New Right, Punitive Turn



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This paper explores the role of argumentation within the debates on Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act, that came into force in 2012. Through examining Hansard transcripts, this paper aims to investigate how argumentation on mandatory minimums was utilized in this political decision making setting to legitimize and accomplish this policy initiative. I draw upon the concepts of normative democratic deliberation, new right ideology and the punitive turn to explore the Harper government’s use of argumentation strategies and discuss their implications for the Canadian political process and the current direction of the administration of justice in Canada. This paper’s goal is to contribute to literature on mandatory minimums and policy making through an exploration of the political deliberative process through which the C-10 provisions on mandatory minimums were adopted.