I am working on an article about the Harper government’s new crime bill,  Bill C-10 a.k.a. Safer Streets and Safer Communities Act. This is a massive bill that combines nine bills that  failed to pass through parliament prior to the last federal election. Harper is saying that the Canadian people have given his government a mandate to push this bill through parliament. He is also saying that he is keeping an election promise to push the bill through within 100 days of his re-election.

Critics are panning the bill on a variety of fronts. First of all, the fact is that the crime rate in Canada continues to fall. Second of all, the bill will lead to overcrowded prisons – prisons that are already stretched to the limit. Thirdly, courtrooms are already having difficulty dealing with present cases – Bill C-10 will only add to the caseload. Those are just the first few points.

What about the high population of aboriginal peoples currently imprisoned?Critics say that the Harper Government is quick on vengeance and too slow to consider alternative measures such as programs that seek to help people avoid prison time by means of rehabilitative measures, such as addictions counselling, that have been proven to work.

The list goes on and on and last but not least is the time frame involved for passing the bill, which is far too short for a bill of its size.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that it is the provinces who will be on the hook for the cost of implementing this bill – that means the Canadian taxpayer.

Try as I might I can find few supporters of the bill.  Stay tuned for further developments.

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4 thoughts on “Tough on crime = high costs, human and financial

  1. This bill is probably the single most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen attempted by a government at any level in Canada in entire (50+ yr) life. I think the criticisms you list only scratch the surface. Looking forward to your article.

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  2. This new bill is coming out when the time and effort put into creating something like this could be put towards better things like supporting reading programs for children. I really don’t see the point of this bill either, just sounds like another hassle for Canadians. I look forward to reading more about this, great post Carol.

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    1. Thank you and I agree, there are so many things that the monies spent on this bill could go toward. Personally I feel that more money should be going toward rehabilitation and substance abuse programs rather than building new prisons but that is just my opinion.

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