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.