Jailhouse Blues

Brad Wall (pictured) is on record this election campaign as supporting a “tough on crime” agenda, so its seems likely the Sask. Party, should it receive a second mandate from voters on Nov. 7, won’t balk at allocating scarce provincial resources to cover the extra costs that will be needed to build and operate jails thanks to the Harper government’s omnibus crime bill C-10.

But according to the Globe & Mail, both Quebec and Ontario won’t be so obliging. Governments there recognize “tough on crime” has been a fiscal black hole in Texas and other U.S. jurisdictions, and won’t deliver the promised result of improving public safety, and they want nothing to do with it. I don’t expect they’ll be the only two provinces to take this position either.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

3 thoughts on “Jailhouse Blues”

  1. Right on Quebec and Ontario, I would rather spend the “jail money” on education and infrastructure (not prisons!!) than on putting a few more casual pot smokers in prison…and frankly thats what most of this so called tough on crime nonsense is about. Its about the looney right wingers who are trying to turn Canada into a US style Christian Taliban right wing state. Well those people need to wake up and smell the roses this is Canada. We did not have the violent upbringing our neighbours to the south have had, we are a different country.

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