The Nov. 8, 2011, rally organized by the John Howard Society was sparked in part by comments from Andrew Swan, minister of justice and Manitoba's attorney general, who said that Manitoba favours Bill C-IO. The social services community believes Bill C-IO will aggravate already overcrowded Manitoba jails and siphon much-needed money away from social programs and other proactive crime-reduction initiatives that could have far-reaching, longer-term benefits. More than 350 people attended the rally at the provincial legislature in Winnipeg, said a John Howard Society spokesperson.Mennonite Church Canada representatives Elsie Rempel and Vic Thiessen attended the rally. Rempel, together with her husband, has been involved in restorative justice programs for 16 years. The couple has befriended "a lifer," she said. "I have seen first-hand the degeneration of training and visitation opportunities from the inside. I wanted to add my voice to those who wish to defeat the bill. I see it as very expensive and counter-productive to the goal of rehabilitating criminals."