In a curious announcement the day before the throne speech, the Liberal Party has announced that it will get tough on conservative crime bills in the new session of Parliament. Many of these bills were previously approved by the Liberal's elected members before being filibustered and altered in the Liberal dominated Senate. Now that they have lost their Senate majority, their objective will shift to filibustering and gutting legislation in the lower house.
This is something that they insist must be done even if it means that they develop a reputation for being "soft on crime". It is just too important to keep criminals on the streets that it is worth the risk of a diminished reputation. You see, there are too many criminals in our prisons; therefore we must keep more criminals on the streets to avoid clogging prisons. "Free range criminals" are a much better alternative. As Craig Jones, the executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada "If you put people in jail, they get worse. We are going to create a cohort of harder persons."
Nice to see the Liberals setting their priorities for upcoming session of Parliament. Soft on crime, got it. It is better to put 1000 criminals back on the street than put one small time drug dealer in prison. Is that how the saying goes?