Tories talk a big game on crime
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.