OTTAWA — Because the Liberals start to roll out spending on a multimillion-dollar plan to fight an increase in gun and gang violence in Canada, Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer unveiled his personal platform pledge to crack down on gangs, together with more durable legal penalties for gang members.
In duelling information conferences Thursday, the Liberals and Conservatives every tried to color their very own measures to fight weapons and gangs as the best.
The Trudeau authorities introduced a plan to spend $86 million on expanded intelligence and border-security measures for the RCMP and Canada Border Companies Company — a part of a five-year, $327-million funding promise made earlier this 12 months to cease legal gun and gang actions.
Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale mentioned gun violence and arranged crime are critical issues in Canada and that the Liberal authorities’s strategy is to concentrate on prevention, methods for gang members to get out, and enforcement — being “sensible on crime” versus comfortable on crime.
“It takes a multidimensional strategy and all of us have to drag collectively as a coherent group,” Goodale mentioned.
“You want the community-based exercise. You want the improved police exercise. You want the stronger exercise on the border. It’s a complete, coherent plan, plus you want the backup of laws like Invoice C-71,” he added, referring to the Liberals’ anti-firearms laws, which continues to be making its approach by means of Parliament.
Scheer, in the meantime, mentioned he desires extra punitive measures towards gang members. He desires to impose more durable jail sentences and restrict parole and bail alternatives for gang members who’re repeat and violent offenders.
“Conservatives will take motion to make it simpler for police to focus on gang members and put them behind bars, the place they belong,” Scheer informed reporters in Brampton, Ont. “We’ll put an finish to the revolving-door jail system and take these violent thugs off of the streets for good.”
The bulletins got here hours after a mass capturing in a California bar Wednesday evening, by which a gunman killed 12 individuals after which himself.
Canada has skilled a rash of lethal gun incidents this 12 months, together with a mass capturing on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue in July that killed an 18-year-old girl and a 10-year-old lady and injured 13 others.
This has led to requires Ottawa to ban handguns and assault weapons, together with from each Montreal and Toronto metropolis councils.
Federal consultations on a potential ban are ongoing, Blair mentioned, and he expects to ship a report on the concept by the tip of the 12 months.
Scheer firmly rejected a handgun ban, saying Thursday it could quantity to symbolism over substance.
“It is lazy authorities to ask law-abiding individuals to observe extra legal guidelines. It is more durable, tougher to get actual criminals off the road,” he mentioned.
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Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press