Federal crime legislation will be costly, ineffective

I am writing out of concern that the federal government may push through a crime bill

To the Editor,

I am writing out of concern that the federal government, led by the Conservatives, may push through a crime bill bringing in legislation that has proven costly and ineffective in other jurisdictions.

Canada is one of the safest places in the world and my understanding is that our crime rate has been dropping.

If we’re going to take a stance on crime, let’s focus on what has been working – crime prevention and rehabilitation.

Punitive crime laws would clog the justice system, create a need for expensive jails and turn minor offenders into hardened criminals. Quebec and Ontario are already refusing to pay for this failed strategy.

Let’s encourage our federal government to focus on addressing problems that really exist and use our precious resources for health, education and the environment.

Joe Basnett

Nanaimo