I’ve been fielding a lot of complaints lately from people who have been given bogus information concerning a fictitious Canadian pardon deadline . The sales routine goes something like this:
“Sign up now and we can guarantee your pardon will not be affect by the deadline. If you don’t, be warned and afraid because time is running out. The deadline to get a pardon is fast approaching so you’d better get started. I just need your credit card number.”
This is simply not true so allow me to put these insincere sales tactics to rest. The following points should clear up any misunderstanding about a supposed deadline to get a pardon.
- First and foremost: a private company cannot grandfather you into the pardon program.
- There is no need to be grandfathered anyway. The changes proposed by the Conservative government have already taken effect.
- Pardons are not being eliminated. What happened was the government changed the name of the application from a “pardon” to a “record suspension”.
- A pardon and a record suspension are exactly the same thing.
Anyone giving you information that contradicts the above is either uninformed or providing you with misleading information just to make a sale.
Please be careful. There are a lot of people selling pardon services these days and very few who know anything about pardons, let alone enough to call themselves experts.
If you think you’ve been given misleading information and want to clear things up just give me a call. I promise I know what I’m talking about. And if you ask me something I’m not qualified to answer I’m not just going to tell you what you want to hear.