The official Parliamentary budget office estimates that it will cost Canadian taxpayers $15 billion to implement the Conservatives’ omnibus crime bill. The money will come from our healthcare, education and other social services.
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives continue to bulldoze Bill C-10 through parliament, some lessons from our neighbors down South. Texas, the United States’ toughest crime-fighting jurisdiction, says the Harper government’s expensive and cruel crime strategy won’t work.
Former Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (pictured), former head of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and billionaire entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, are part of a group of international figures urging Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to change the cruel crime Bill C10. They have put their names to an open letter delivered to the Prime Prime and the Senate, whose key message is that harsh sentences for minor drug-related offences won’t curb drug crime because it hasn’t worked elsewhere. Their letter, released through the Global Commission on Drug Policy, also urges Canada to reject the mandatory minimum sentences and consider taxing and regulating marijuana “as an alternative strategy to undermine organized crime and improve community health and safety.”