Once again the Liberal’s wanted to demonstrate how they were still hard at work despite Parliament being prorogued. Liberal MP and Public Safety Critic Mark Holland organized a round table discussion yesterday focusing on community safety.
Crime prevention was the topic most discussed during this meeting. Even though there were conservative supporters among the crowd, it appeared that the idea of crime prevention rather than harsher punishments for offenders was the popular opinion.
“I think what I hear today is a calling for leadership and balance,” said Ignatieff in his opening statement. Igantieff explained his frustration with the state of the justice system when he said, “Why is it that the criminal justice system is used as a last resort. When you walk through any of our prisons like I have, you see lots of people that don’t need to be there. There a lot of people who are victims of the holes in our justice system.”
Ignatieff ended by talking about how he is attacked on his crime prevention views by the opposition parties when he said, “I’m tired of being told I am weak on crime. They are using this as a wedge issue; we have to fight this stigma that gets attached to anyone who talks about lesser sentences and more social programs. I support tougher legislation on crime but also believe there needs to be a proper balance.”
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