Tuesday, August 12, 2008

re: Statistics Vs. Ideology, from Jack Layton

A reply from Jack Layton and the NDP:

Thank you for your previous email relating to justice and crime issues. I appreciate your comments and suggestions as they are helpful in our work.

Too often we hear politicians talk about getting “tough on crime” by promoting an oversimplified, one-dimensional punitive approach. I believe in a more realistic and far-sighted strategy that embraces three core elements – what I call - the three “Ps”: Prevention, Policing and Punishment. The NDP is proposing practical steps to ensure Canada gets “smart on crime” and our communities are made safer. You can read more about our approach by visiting: http://www.ndp.ca/page/4828.

The NDP caucus team continues to work hard to increase public safety and seek fairness for victims. I am proud of their efforts that include the following specific measures:

Proposed National Youth Safety Strategy http://www.ndp.ca/page/5590

Restated call to get smart on gun violence http://www.ndp.ca/page/5586

Demanded national strategy to fight street gangs http://www.ndp.ca/page/5884

Introduced Bill to help protect public transportation workers http://www.ndp.ca/page/5886

Called for a National DNA and Missing Persons Bank http://www.ndp.ca/page/5833

Criticized Conservatives for delay in amended crime package http://www.ndp.ca/page/5795

Introduced legislation requiring offenders make restitution to victims in certain cases http://www.parl.gc.ca/legisinfo/index.asp?Language=E&Session=14&query=4915&List=toc

New Democrats believe that everyday Canadians have a right to feel safe in their homes and their communities. When they don’t feel safe, we undercut the building blocks of a caring and prosperous society. By applying the NDP's three P's, we can begin to build secure and successful communities.

Again, I appreciate hearing from you. All the best.

Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth) Leader, Canada’s New Democrats

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