Lib­er­als fail on safety is­sues

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion -

Ed­i­tor:

Canada’s Con­ser­va­tives be­lieve the safety of Cana­di­ans should be the num­ber one pri­or­ity of any gov­ern­ment.

In light of Sta­tis­tics Canada’s re­cently re­leased 2017 Crime Re­port, it is ev­i­dent that too lit­tle is be­ing done to keep Cana­di­ans safe.

Con­ser­va­tives are trou­bled by grow­ing crime rates and a gov­ern­ment that puts the rights of crim­i­nals ahead of the rights of law-abid­ing Cana­di­ans and vic­tims.

Too many fam­i­lies in both ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties live with the ter­ri­ble im­pacts of crime.

It is time for the Lib­er­als to fo­cus on real mea­sures to pre­vent and de­ter gun vi­o­lence in both ur­ban and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. This past year, the Trudeau Lib­er­als in­tro­duced new firearms leg­is­la­tion. In­stead of tar­get­ing vi­o­lent gang crime in cities or the huge jump in ru­ral crime rates, the Lib­er­als’ new law goes af­ter firearms own­ers who al­ready fol­low the law.

De­spite the fact that over half of the homi­cides com­mit­ted with a firearm in Canada are gang-re­lated, the Lib­er­als are propos­ing leg­is­la­tion to re­duce sen­tences for gang crime to as lit­tle as a fine.

The Lib­er­als have failed to show they’re se­ri­ous about crack­ing down on gun vi­o­lence and es­ca­lat­ing crime rates. They sim­ply can’t be trusted with firearms leg­is­la­tion.

Con­ser­va­tives are ready to sup­port con­crete ac­tions to keep Cana­di­ans safe and fo­cus our ef­forts on elim­i­nat­ing the crim­i­nal el­e­ment be­hind firearms vi­o­lence, in­stead of tar­get­ing law- abid­ing firearms own­ers. This is a com­mon-sense ap­proach that will help im­prove com­mu­nity safety.

Cana­di­ans de­serve to feel safe in their com­mu­ni­ties. Canada’s Con­ser­va­tives are the only party that will take ac­tion to keep Cana­di­ans safe.

Glen Motz, M. P.

Medicine Hat, Card­ston, Warner

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