August 3, 2010

Stockwell Day's unreported crimes

CANADA - Stockwell Day, MP for Okanagan—Coquihalla and president of Canada's Treasury Board (seriously, what dumbass stuck him in charge of money???) says Canada needs to build more prisons because many crimes go unreported.

If you're scratching your head you are not alone. Many people are confused by Stockwell Day's inexplicable and illogical comments.

Um, if the crimes are going unreported then why do we need more prisons?

“People simply aren't reporting the same way they used to,” says Stockwell Day. “I'm saying one statistic of many that concerns us is the amount of crimes that go unreported. Those numbers are alarming ...”

Stockwell Day did not provide evidence of the increase in unreported crimes or any statistical sources. It was just rhetoric, a bit like saying "the silent majority is getting bigger". How would we know its increased when there is no reports of it?

Nor would Stockwell Day respond to the question of what kind of crimes are going unreported... meanwhile according to Statistics Canada crime in Canada has been dropping steadily in recent years, down 7% in 2007 alone (2007 was the most recent data).

Here's a crime alert for you: Crazy MP on the loose. Responds to the name Stockwell.

Meanwhile the Conservative government has announced billions of dollars in expanding Canada's prison system. Its all part of Stephen Harper's tough on crime agenda, except the government really has very little control over the judicial system and how many people are sent to prison. (But it does effect how many people they can hold in prison and refuse them parole.) Also on the crime agenda is longer jail sentences, automatic jail sentences (no more letting the judge pick a number from the range) and eliminating “discount sentencing" for time already served while waiting for trial.

Critics are now accusing the Conservative government of trying to justify a bad policy with non-existent statistics.

Duh. Any idiot can see Stockwell Day was lying through his teeth. After all what is the point of having extra prisons if the crimes aren't reported in the first place?

There isn't one. The Conservatives are just trying to appear tough on crime by throwing money at a non-existent problem.

If they really wanted to appear "tough on crime" they'd introduce penal colonies on islands in the Hudson Bay and ship all the sex offenders there permanently.

According to Statistics Canada the reasons given by Canadians for not calling the police about a crime is:

97% said the crime wasn't serious enough.
2% feared retribution.
1% believe the police may be biased.

In related news Stephen Harper's government is refusing to back off on cutbacks to Statistics Canada and their plan to scrap the long form census.

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