The latest news from Statistics Canada on crime is that the costs are up 86% while actual crime rates are down to 1973 levels – the lowest in nearly 40 years!!
According to the Globe and Mail (online, 21 July 2011): “The budget for the Correctional Service of Canada has already increased 86.7 per cent, from $1.597-billion annually since 2006 when the Conservatives took office, and is expected to climb to $3.147-billion by 2013-14.” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/crime-falls-to-1973-levels-as-tories-push-for-sentencing-reform/article2104745/)
Yet, the Canadian Conservative Party is determined to bring in major changes that would include building more prisons, mandatory sentencing and so on.
Tory proposals are based upon discreditted practices that other countries are recognising are neither effective nor practical and only end up costing governments – i.e. taxpayers – money. Yet, the Tories like to paint themselves as ‘fiscal conservatives’ when in fact they appear to be ready to spend like ‘drunken sailors’.
Coming from a seafaring family, I am well connected with the experience of ‘drunken sailors’ (generally, a much more interesting and intelligent group than your average Tory MP, but that might be a genetic bias?!).
I don’t understand why the Canadian Tories want to spend this money of ours, especially when they talk about making cuts – especially to all those tens of thousands of employees being fired or ‘let go’.
It only makes sense if they Conservative Party of Canada is being funded by donations from individuals and/or private corporations who/which stand to make a lot of money through government contracts to build and/or run prisons.
Why else spend all that money, especially when it appears not to work?!
‘Cui bono?’ An old Latin moto: ‘Who benefits?’ The question that must be asked.