The opposition parties are giving our Ottawa Tories a hard time over their latest tough-on-crime legislation. Too expensive, they argue. Too much emphasis on jail-time. Not needed at a time when crime rates are falling. To which I ask, On what planet do they live?
These are the same progressives who are forever “street-safing” their kids and driving them everywhere, because it’s not safe to be on the streets. And those who take comfort from declining crime rates probably haven’t spent much time lately in Toronto’s Keele-Finch corridor after 9:00 p.m. Or been on the mean streets of the former villages of Parkdale or Rexdale. Or how about Mississauga’s Malton area?
And that’s just a few parts of Toronto and nearby regions. The picture repeats itself in other communities in that city and, indeed, in larger communities across the country, especially in Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Don’t the soft-on-crime crowd know that in recent decades Toronto has been infiltrated by violent American street gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, and Mara Salvatrucha, which have become large and powerful over the years? Or don’t they care?
And, of course, there’s the “mob”. Ever tried a major construction project in Montreal? If you did, believe me, you’d get to meet the local mob’s representative pretty quickly. And those bullet-ridden bodies that show up regularly in that city aren’t television actors, you know.
Violent crime is a major problem in our country. And although the rate may have fallen in the recent past, it is still much higher that it was in the 1950s. Why should we accept a higher rate of violence now that we did back then? Apparently, opposition MPs believe we should. I don’t.
I applaud the Conservative government in its efforts to make our communities safer.