Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Conservative crime posturing so transparent

Van Loan is out with his own little fearmongering election strategy today, scaring Canadians about crime bills being killed: "Federal minister warns that election would kill tougher crime bills." Too bad it's just not credible.
"What is of concern with an election looming is the number of pieces of legislation that we have on the tackling crime front that would be at risk," he told a news conference shortly after announcing almost $2 million in crime prevention spending.

Van Loan cited several examples including legislation to increase sentences for major drug crimes and tighten the rules for parole.
So, these supposedly crucial crime measures...when exactly did the Conservatives move on these in the last parliamentary session? Turns out, not until the last minute. The last session's sitting ended on June 19, 2009.

The Conservatives introduced their web surveillance bill on June 18th, the day before the session ended.

They introduced their conditional sentence legislation (Nicholson) on June 15th.

They introduced a Corrections bill on June 16th.

There's more of that too. Maybe if the Conservatives spent more time governing and less time making announcements and posturing they might be a little more convincing. Of course the matters will die, the Conservatives never prioritize them, they just want to hold press conferences. They don't actually do the work to get them passed. They don't work with the other parties.

Perhaps CTV could include some other sourcing other than Van Loan when they pick up a CP report, it really slants the story to the point that it's just not credible.