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Crime bill costs only modest: MP

Don’t believe statistics that show Canada’s crime rate steadily dropping, says Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney. Those numbers only show part of the story.

“If you believe that stuff about the statistics saying crime is going down, someone is missing something with reality,” Lunney said in an interview. “We’ve made it so hard for police to charge people, with all the paperwork they have to do and with sentences so soft — with a revolving door, people are just not reporting it.”

Lunney made the comments in regard to the need for his government’s crackdown on crime, in light of continually dropping crime statistics across the country.

He said fully 31 per cent of crimes are not reported, particularly sexual assaults.

“This tells me that people’s confidence is at an all time low, while criminals’ confidence is at an all time high,” he said.

“The statistics have been manipulated to give that appearance. It doesn’t reflect reality. People who are opposed to getting tough on crime are always throwing out outrageous numbers.”

Lunney said the previous Liberal government made laws dealing with youth crime more lenient during their 13 years in power, something he hopes will change with the new legislation.

“People want consequences,” he said.

“I see very serious consequences from letting criminals get away with minor sentences and no sentences.”

Lunney disagreed with concerns about the price tag for the crime bill.

The cost is expected to increase rates of incarceration as mandatory minimum sentences come on stream.

“There is a modest increase to prisons as part of our economic action plan,” he said. “The bill has been costed at a federal level to cost $78.6 million over five years.”

He stressed the bill will not include the construction of new prisons, but rather the expansion and upgrade of existing facilities.

 

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