An­drew Scheer’s plan to com­bat gang crimes for safer com­mu­ni­ties

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Ot­tawa: More than half of all firearms homi­cides in Canada are gang-re­lated. Gang vi­o­lence is mak­ing our pre­vi­ously safe streets more and more dan­ger­ous, and many Cana­di­ans are wor­ried about their safety.

Justin Trudeau has failed to ad­dress gang vi­o­lence and has in­stead soft­ened Canada’s ap­proach, re­duc­ing penal­ties for gang crime to as lit­tle as an ad­min­is­tra­tive fine. This fail­ure has con­se­quences. It puts Cana­di­ans at risk by let­ting gang crim­i­nals re­main on our streets. On Novem­ber 8, An­drew Scheer re­leased the first of three pol­icy pil­lars in his plan for A Safer Canada – Crack­ing Down on Gangs. An­drew Scheer and the Con­ser­va­tives be­lieve that th­ese ac­tions will to make it eas­ier for po­lice to tar­get gang mem­bers and put them be­hind bars where they be­long. This will put an end to the re­volv­ing door prison sys­tem that lets too many dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals back out onto the streets where they can hurt in­no­cent peo­ple.

Plan con­sists of the fol­low­ing pro­pos­als:

1. End­ing au­to­matic bail for gang mem­bers

Right now, even the most no­to­ri­ous gang mem­bers are en­ti­tled to bail. That means dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals who are known to po­lice of­ten go right back out on the streets. This is a dan­ger­ous risk to our com­mu­ni­ties and wastes valu­able po­lice re­sources. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment un­der An­drew Scheer will change that and make sure that ar­rested re­peat gang of­fend­ers will be held with­out bail.

2. Iden­ti­fy­ing gangs in the Crim­i­nal Code

Ev­ery time pros­e­cu­tors go af­ter gang mem­bers, they must first prove to the court that their gangs are crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions. This in­cludes well­known gangs like MS-13 and the Hells An­gels. This makes no sense and is an­other huge waste of re­sources. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment un­der An­drew Scheer will cre­ate and main­tain a list of proven crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions which will help law en­force­ment pros­e­cute gang mem­bers faster.

3. Re­vok­ing pa­role for gang mem­bers

Pa­role is a priv­i­lege, not a right. Cur­rently, paroled of­fend­ers are re­quired to ab­stain from drugs and al­co­hol and prom­ise to keep the peace.

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