Don’t go building firewalls

The Prime Minister responds to the complaints of Ontario and Quebec about his government’s crime policies.

Look, it’s – there’s constitutional responsibilities of all governments to enforce laws and protect people, and I’ve seen the data. I think the people of Ontario and Quebec expect that their government will work with the federal government to make sure we have safe streets and safe communities. 

Ontario and Quebec have been joined by Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.




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Don’t go building firewalls

  1. An economist will tell you that criminals will migrate to the communities with the best jail facilities. And they have the differential equations to prove it!

    Double whammy.

  2. PM Harper admits to seeing data and … chooses to ignore it.

  3. The classic ‘do as we say, not as we do.’

    • Yes, to all of those.

      Ironically, the Tories aren’t really taking discretion out of the system per se, they’re just moving discretion down the line from the point when a judge is instituting a sentence, to the point where a prosecutor is deciding what charges to pursue.  In the future, (at least, I hope) instead of a judge saying “it would be idiotic to sentence this kid to nine months in jail for sharing a joint of the pot he grew in his apartment with his roommate” so I’m going to use my discretion as to his sentence, the prosecutor will say “I’m not going to even charge this kid if it means that if I win he’ll get an idiotic nine month mandatory sentence for sharing a joint with his roommate”.

      In the end, I’m hopeful that the discretion will remain, except that instead of it being applied by judges it will be applied by Crown Attorneys.

      • More likely: “Get your client to cop to this, or he gets charged with this and an automatic oversentence.” 

        • Hopefully not, but maybe.  I wonder about the defense similarly using the “do you really want to send this kid to jail for nine months over THIS!?!?!” argument, but jury nullification arguments are always tricky.

  4. OH OH – mental image of Steven ‘S-Harp’ Harper and Preston ‘The Parse’ Manning standing on a lake (Meech?) singing away….

    • I expect it’s a fake lake.

      • Well, I can assure you that the lovely gazebo they’re standing in is entirely real.

  5. I’m not sure how building more schools for crime and filling them up for longer courses will fulfill provincial responsibilities for making our streets and communities safer, but perhaps if I wore blue-tinted glasses it would all become clear.

    • Look on the bright side.  Perhaps we’ll end up with the most internationally competitive criminals in the whole G8.  Maybe some of our criminals will learn so much that they’ll go on to found multinational criminal organizations in New York, or London, or Tokyo.

      • Too much entrenched competition in those places, I’d think. I expect we’ll first start to see them setting up shop here at home, and naturally competing with each other as they’ve been trained to do.

        With a little luck, I expect the average citizen will be able to have a criminal readily available nearby at any time of day.

        • Have your own convicted criminal advisor, just like Harper!

    • Blue tinted light does seem to reduce crime

      So how about that for irony… making everyone wear literal blue-tinted glasses would do more to stop crime than this bill! 

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