And that is presumably why we have to build more prisons to house all the unreported criminals.
I know, I know, but just bear with me for a moment.
On Steve Paikin's The Agenda this week, Toews stated :
and went on to produce stats on his unreported crime meme :
"Quite frankly Canadians don't care what the crime rate is"
"From 2004 to 2009, instead of 34% of crimes being reported to police, only 31% were. So what we are seeing is a gradual decline in confidence in the justice system."Holy crap! A 3% increase in unreported crime over 5 years.
Toews also explains that "an apples to apples comparison of Canadian victimization surveys with American victimization surveys is the proper standard to use" and recommends everyone read the Vancouver Board of Trade Victimization Survey, which he says shows an increase in unreported crime.
Did that already actually, Vic, and blogged about it back in 2007. While applauding the addition of spousal violence to the survey, I'm not convinced we need more prison spaces to deal with other survey questions such as whether the questionnaire respondent has received unwanted emails or had a window or fence broken.
To Toews' claims of public safety being the Cons first priority, Paikin asks why then did the Cons scuttle their own crime bills by proroguing parliament?
"Essentially as a result of prorogation we were able to reconstitute the committees in the Senate which would allow us to get the criminal bills through.
We're right on track with our agenda and now we don't have to worry about the unelected Senate impeding the will of the House of Commons."
Indeed, yesterday the Senate voted to make possession of 6 pot plants subject to a mandatory prison sentence.
But guess what, Vic, unreported crime (click the video viewer on the right at the link) is indeed getting a massive increased airing this week.