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Proposed federal crime bill costly, ineffective

To the Editor,

Canada’s proposed crime bill – is it tough on crime, or is it tough on Canadians?

Canadians should stand up and take notice, especially when the conservatives in Texas are warning us that this approach to crime does not work.

The fact is that Texas, a state where executions still happen on a regular basis, is warning the Canadian government that their proposed crime bill will end up being more costly financially as well as having negative societal impacts.

The truth of the matter is that changing the laws so that more young offenders end up spending even more time in jail has proven to promote more criminal activity. This will create a revolving door which will turn our young offenders into hardened criminals.

Who will pay for the federal government’s proposed changes to the criminal laws?  That jurisdiction falls onto the shoulders of the provincial governments. Quebec and Ontario have already gone on record claiming that they will not pay for the proposed changes of the federal Conservative Party.

If that’s not enough to make you stand up, how about the fact that the Canadian Bar Association, representing more than 37,000 legal professionals, are warning that this will not only clog the Canadian courts, but also fill prisons across Canada.

Brock Snobelen

Nanaimo

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