Pubdate: Fri, 11 Nov 2011
Source: Comox Valley Record (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Comox Valley Record
Author: E.A. Foster


Dear editor,

I want to register my opposition to the Conservative "crime bill."

Yes, the bill itself is a crime.

We have had a declining crime rate in Canada for many years. Changes
are not necessary. Just the cost associated with pushing the bill
through Parliament, then all the printing cost,etc. In a time of
diminishing resources, this is too expensive.

The bill will increase costs for the provinces. Mr. Harper's position,
that the provinces will not be getting extra funds is another good
reason to drop the bill.

In B.C., there is an increase in food bank clients, loss of jobs, etc.
Community Living is tossing people out of group homes and now the
federal government wants to add to the cost of operating in B.C. I
don't think so.

The proposed sentences are ridiculous. More time in jail for a pot
grower than a pedophile?

People are not going to stop growing pot because of an increase in
sentences. Major crime will just find more financially deprived people
to look after their grow-ops.

In B.C. there have been considerable cutbacks in the justice system
since 2000. Courthouses were closed, the number of police officers
have not increased in proportion to the increase in population; we
barely have enough sheriffs.

We are running a little thin on prosecutors and judges also. There
have been a number of cases in B.C. which were dismissed because they
could not be brought to trial in a timely manner by the Crown.

It might be better if the government put a little more funding into
schools, hospitals, increased welfare rates, etc. before putting more
people in jail.

We have seen the "war on drugs" in the U.S.A. for decades. What has
been the result? Millions in jail at great expense to the taxpayer. No
decline in the amount of drugs being sold or consumed.

If MP John Duncan and Mr. Harper want to do something to reduce crime
in Canada, I would suggest addressing the conditions which lead to
crime and deal with habitual offenders. A proper mental health system
might also work. Some years ago the VPD did a study and found about 40
per cent of all calls to the police involved mental health issues.

Forget about the crime bill; get on with making Canada a better place
for children to live.

E.A. Foster,

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