Safer, but not safe


Conservative MP Guy Lauzon writes to his constituents about the latest crime statistics.

Last week Statistics Canada reported 2011 overall crime rates were down 6% over the previous year. This report is being welcomed as very good news. Any time crime rates are decreasing we should celebrate. However these statistics are only part of the story. Statistics also show that crime has increased 200% since 1962. This is a very alarming reality. We’ve gone from not locking our doors to needing state of the art security systems to protect ourselves and our possessions. Serious crimes like homicide and sexual offences against children are actually going up. For example child pornography went up an astounding 40%. That is why our Government recently passed the Safe Streets and Communities Act which increases penalties for sexual offences against children.

Some feel our Government is being too tough on crime. When we see statistics like those above, I don’t believe we are. By putting the bad guys in jail and keeping them there longer, we are preventing them from committing more crimes. We are stopping the revolving door of the criminal justice system. It appears our legislation is working. Undoubtedly there is much more to do, but a reduction of 6% in the overall crime rate is a step in the right direction. Our Government will continue to work to keep Canadian streets, communities and families safe.

Statistics Canada said that “fluctuations in the rate of child pornography are likely reflective of police-based programs and initiatives targeting this particular offence.”


Safer, but not safe

  1. Um, by what percentage has the population grown since 1962?

    • Not terribly relevent, since crime rate is a per-capita measure.

      That said, there is something in the notion of doing regression analysis with respect to population density and the crime rate.

  2. This man has lost his mind.

  3. The crime rate is about a billion percent greater than before humans came to live on the continent.

  4. Pandering to core supporters, regardless of the statistical validity of the analysis or the accuracy of the claims. Truth doesn’t matter.

  5. The irony of this guy mentioning reality is rich.

  6. I don’t think the question is is the government too tough on crime, it’s is it tough enough on the CAUSES of crime.
    In my opinion, unquestionably ‘no’.

  7. Lauzon is my MP; seriously deficient in “zee little gray cells”.

  8. So, am I wrong, or is that TWO members of the Tory caucus now publicly crediting Tory legislation that was passed in DECEMBER of 2011 with the lowering of the crime rate for 2011?

    I ask again, did the month of December 2011 not see a single crime committed anywhere in the country, or is this like one of those cool theoretical physics problems where the effect precedes the cause.

    • Oh, I think there’s probably more than two. I’m sure most Con MP’s mailers will include this stunning breakthrough in crime reduction.

  9. With a small GAI; about $8/day, I wouldn’t have developed this compulsive theft addiction.
    I shocked myself today by not stealing insoles. I’ll earn less, but I understand I live under a really dumb really inefficient Alberta mindset. Wouldn’t a gun registry have lessoned murders? In the USA, something like 4% of their healthcare costs are ER gunshot wounds ($100B of $4.5T). That ignores the lost or partially lost worker, the costs of USA prison, the cost of ammo (our Inuit need cheap ammo)…I’m at increased risks for weed offenses, violent crimes related to poverty, related to not getting laid (surely I’ll find a mentally ill woman and it will end in a spectacularly mentally ill way), increased risk of finding a girl P.Martin would approve of…What do Albertans even do in their extra square footage homes? Invite an extra guest over for dinner? That is our goal: more interior square footage. WTG!!

  10. Since the Conservatives majority win more than 15 months ago has prevented the Liberals and NDP from scuttling tough on crime legislation, the national crime rate has dropped.
    This is good news for law-abiding Canadians and Conservatives.
    This is obviously bad news for MacLeans Regulars and LibDippers.

    • This is good news for law-abiding Canadians and Conservatives
      Surely you aren’t suggesting that Conservatives and law abiding Canadians are two different groups?

      • No I was suggesting Macleans Regulars and Libdippers are one and the same group.

    • This is such a silly comment.

      What about the fact that the crime rate was dropping at the same pace BEFORE the Tories got their majority? Before they even got their minority, in fact. The crime rate in Canada has dropped EVERY SINGLE YEAR since 2003. What’s more, except for a single little blip in 2003, the crime rate has dropped every single year since 1991 when it hit it’s high point (two years before the Liberals were elected, I might add).

      Also, while the Tories may have been elected 15 months ago, they passed the crime bill only 8 months ago. More importantly, the crime bill was passed on December 5th, 2011. How exactly are you suggesting that a crime bill passed in December of 2011 had an impact on the declining crime rate for 2011??? There’s literally no way that a crime bill passed in December of 2011 could have had any impact on the crime rate for 2011.

      If you’re seriously going to argue that the Tories deserve credit for the fact that a lowering crime rate trend that started 9 years ago (arguably 21 years ago if you consider 2003 to be an outlier) is continuing, then I hope you’re prepared to blame the Tories for the fact that the VIOLENT crime rate went UP last year on their watch. After all, specious reasoning for the goose is specious reasoning for the gander.

  11. And the fact that the crime rate was declining BEFORE these jail filling laws were passed of course means nothing —

  12. Crime has dropped 200 per cent since 1962? Really? I find that hard to believe. In 1962, 11 Canadian police officers were murdered. Despite the fact that Canada’s population has increased dramatically since then no other year has seen more than six police officers killed.

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