Tories talk a big game on crime

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Mark Eyk­ing Lib­eral MP, Syd­ney-Vic­to­ria

I read with great in­ter­est that Jus­tice Min­is­ter Rod Ni­chol­son wants once to again strengthen the way the jus­tice sys­tem deals with young of­fend­ers. This comes af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper re­cently talked in Truro about op­po­si­tion par­ties block­ing crime leg­is­la­tion.

Our leader and our cau­cus both sup­port mea­sures to crack down on vi­o­lent and re­peat of­fend­ers. We have sup­ported many crime mea­sures that have re­cently died be­cause Par­lia­ment was pro­rogued. We have yet to see the pro­posed youth crime bill so it’s hard to judge whether it has any merit.

Af­ter four years of rule, the Con­ser­va­tives are prov­ing that they talk a big game on crime but they have shown very lit­tle se­ri­ous fol­low-through.

If they were re­ally se­ri­ous, they wouldn’t have just killed 11 of their own crime bills by pro­rogu­ing Par­lia­ment.

If this youth jus­tice bill even makes it to the House of Com­mons, it will have to line up be­hind 11 other bills and it will have to go through com­mit­tees that ef­fec­tively won’t be restarted un­til April.

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