Always neat to see something that you've taken in school on the pages of the newspaper:
Tories scaling back on tough-on-crime agenda
With regards to the artistic-merit exception they must be referring to R. v. Sharpe (had to really dust-off the cobwebs in the ol' brain for that one), which always stuck out in my mind as being a dramatic case.
Makes you wonder about campaign promises in general (not that everybody doesn't wonder about them already). Making broad, sweeping promises that fly in the face of the Constitution and the Charter really doesn't seem like fair play or responsible campaigning, and really drives home the point that so many Canadians know so little about their Charter rights (including, it would seem, many of our politicians).