Pubdate: Mon, 15 Jun 2009
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2009 The Toronto Star
Author: Russell Barth


Re: Tories unveil tough-on-crime plan, June 13

Having no economic, environmental, foreign policy or social plans, 
the Conservatives are using crime to pander to their myopic, 
visceral, misinformed and punishment-happy voter base.

Bill C-15, for example, appears designed specifically to increase 
crime. Mandatory sentences will scare off the mom-'n'-pop pot 
growers, who represent direct market competition to the gangsters. 
With the little guys out of the game, the big guys will get more 
business and profit. This will lead to more violence, which the 
police and government will use as justification for even more 
draconian laws, more cops with bigger budgets and more powers, and 
further suppression of our civil rights and liberties.

The whole thing is a scam designed to make it necessary to hire more 
cops, build more jails and spend more taxpayers' dollars on a policy 
that further subsidizes organized crime. The media-addled public is 
being duped once again.

Russell Barth, Nepean
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