Welcome to Canadian Cannabis Coalition
Welcome to Canadian Cannabis Coalition
Dedicated to facilitating access to a safe supply of cannabis through research, education and advocacy.
  Create an account Home  ·  DONATE  ·  Feedback  ·  News  ·  Topics  ·  Downloads  ·  Links  ·  Forums  ·  Press Releases  ·  Members  ·  Contact Us  
CCC Links
Navigation
Hosted by DPC
Hosted by Drug Policy Central

 Forum FAQForum FAQ   SearchSearch   Members ListMembers List   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 My AccountMy Account   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
Greens Applaud Budget Officer's Report

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic     |##| -> |=|     Canadian Cannabis Coalition Forum Index -> Government Watch
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
420since1974
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: Aug 28, 2007
Posts: 4
Location: Calgary, Alberta

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:24 pm    Post subject: Greens Applaud Budget Officer's Report Reply with quote

MEDIA RELEASE

June 25, 2010

For Immediate Release



Greens Applaud Budget Officer’s Report



OTTAWA – The Green Party is applauding the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on the federal penal system and calling for increased opposition to the Conservatives’ plans for mass incarceration and prison expansion.



“It is the responsibility of Parliament to protect citizens from crime by using Canadians’ hard-earned taxes as effectively as possible,” said Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader. “Mass incarceration has proven itself to be expensive and ineffective. It is bad social policy. This government and its opposition parties are simply not fulfilling their responsibilities to Canadian citizens.”



Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, projects that one government bill will lead to approximately 4,000 more incarcerations and will require 13 new federal prisons. This will also mean at least $10 billion in increased federal and provincial spending over the next five years.



“Canada’s correctional system has become unsustainable and will not be fixed until we begin investing in effective crime prevention measures rather than mass incarceration,” said Jared Giesbrecht, Justice Critic for the Green Party of Canada. “This Parliament is passing ad hoc legislation that leads to unending prison expansion and ever-increasing burdens on provincial government.”



“It is imperative that the federal government develop a plan for the criminal justice system that is sustainable in the long-term,” said Jared Giesbrecht. “This government has shown itself to be grossly irresponsible by spending without a reasonable expectation of positive returns. A responsible government will shift the focus of expenditure away from incarceration and onto rehabilitation and prevention. This is a more prudent, evidence-based, and effective use of resources.”



Recognizing the increased pressures on public spending, the Green Party would:



Develop a long-term, fiscally sustainable criminal justice plan in cooperation with the provincial, territorial, and aboriginal governments.
Focus upon education and meaningful work for offenders in order that they might pay at least part of the costs of their crime and housing in prison.
Amend the laws to provide for stiffer sentencing and full restitution in white-collar crimes. Sentences must fit the severity of the crimes.
Provide meaningful support for victims of crime and ensure there is stable funding in place for crime prevention programs that hold offenders accountable upon release.


-30-



Contact Information:

Debra Eindiguer

Press Secretary

C: 613.240.8921

media@greenparty.ca

www.greenparty.ca
Back to top
View user's profile
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic     |##| -> |=|     Canadian Cannabis Coalition Forum Index -> Government Watch All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum

Powered by phpBB 2.0.8


 

ccc@cannabiscoalition.ca


Privacy Policy
Canadian Cannabis Coalition
P.O. Box 1481
Grand Forks, B.C.
V0H 1H0


The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2004 by DJMaze and Akamu
Page Generation: 0.0385 Seconds and 42 DB Queries in 0.0591 Seconds
Interactive software released under GNU GPL 2, Code Credits