The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to describe their party's strategy for dealing with crime and punishment.

Here's what they had to say...

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Russ Powers; Liberal Party of Canada

Firearms homicides have substantially decreased. A violent episode involving guns is one too many and communities that are affected don't care about statistics - they care about action.

Gun-related crimes are punishable by some of the harshest penalties in the entire Criminal Code. Canada now has more mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crimes than any other crime, with the exception of murder.

Orders can also be given at the time of sentencing to prohibit possessing guns for various periods of time. The early dissolution of the 38th Parliament halted legislation on street racing, proceeds of crime, conditional sentences and strengthened mandatory sentences for use of a gun in the commission of a crime that I helped develop and introduce with an opposition party member from becoming law.

Whether it's funding programs to prevent crime or ensuring that violent criminals are brought to justice, the Liberal government is committed to protecting our communities.

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Ben Cowie, Independent

Criminals who commit violent offenses must be given a fair trial, be prosecuted, spend time in prison, and undergo intense education initiatives to give them a better chance of becoming a contributing member of society once released. Too many times have we seen repeat offenders commit violent crimes, and I believe this is completely unacceptable.

Barriers should be lifted for law enforcement agencies to go after organized criminal organizations and street gangs. They are not welcome in my Canada and should be driven out using any means possible. Any organization that has been shown to promote violence or hatred should be shut down immediately and its leaders held accountable for the actions of their organizations.

Canada must not be a safe haven for criminal activity, it should be a sanctuary for safe citizens, free from criminals who do not respect the laws of our country. Let's get tough on crime in ADFW.

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David Januczkowski, Green Party of Canada

As always, the Green Party's focus is on prevention since it is based on the understanding that it is always more costly to deal with issues like crime, ill health and pollution after the fact. The underlying reasons for many crimes are poverty, drug addiction, unemployment, and discrimination.

Green Party policies like increasing support for the underprivileged through low income housing, early childhood education as well as youth and drug programs will help break the cycle of poverty and crime. Our emphasis on personal and global responsibility will teach citizens from a very young age to work together to build a vibrant, non-violent and tolerant society. When laws are broken, we actively promote the use of restorative justice, rather than prison time to rehabilitate non-violent criminals. We would strengthen measures to combat gun smuggling and upgrade penalties for those convicted of a crime involving a firearm.

* * *

Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist Party

Many people are under the impression, whether true or false, that crime is on the increase. Certainly, the media gives that impression.

It is important to not accept things at face value. Rather, the matter should be investigated in a calm manner to determine whether crime is on the increase, what type of crime is increasing and what sectors of society are most affected. It is a fact that crime emerges when people's needs are not being met, where poverty and powerlessness are the order of the day.

The solution is to make sure that everyone's basic needs are being met and everyone is given real power to participate in society on all levels.

If, after an impartial investigation, certain age groups or communities are more involved in crime, then that is just an indication of where more effort is required to meet the needs of people.

* * *

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, NDP

The NDP believes that Canadians should feel safe in their own neighbourhoods. But in urban areas, people see handgun violence increasing.

We have to address the causes of youth crime - provide opportunities for young people; tackle poverty and addiction; and invest in affordable housing.

We also have to get tough on other contributing factors, like getting illegal guns off the streets - and stopping them at the border. We have to crack down on drugs and provide police and prosecutors the tools to deal with repeat or violent offenders.

The NDP believes in getting results for Canadians. In his spring budget, Paul Martin proposed $4.6 billion in tax cuts for large corporations. The NDP, holding the balance of power, was able to rewrite that budget and invest billions in affordable housing, social programs and education and training programs that will help address the roots of violent crime in our cities.

* * *

David Sweet, Conservative Party of Canada

The recent wave of violent crime in Toronto - particularly the Boxing Day shooting tragedy - has shocked and saddened us all. As a father, I cannot imagine a worse nightmare.

This is a wake-up call. For years, Canadians have been urging their governments to get tough on crime. The time to respond is long overdue. A new Conservative government will crack down on crime - because criminals belong in jail, not in our neighbourhoods.

The law must impose mandatory prison sentences for weapons offences, violent crimes and drug trafficking offences. We must end conditional sentences (house arrest) for weapon offences and other serious crimes.

The law governing young offenders must be strengthened to require that violent or serious repeat offenders 14 years of age or older be tried in adult court. Further, statutory release, the law entitling prisoners to parole after serving two-thirds of their sentence, must be replaced with earned parole.

In addition to getting tough on crime, we must focus on prevention - providing opportunities and role models to Canadian youth. However, prevention is only effective if it includes deterrence and strong law enforcement.

The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to describe their party's strategy for dealing with crime and punishment.

Here's what they had to say...

* * *

Russ Powers; Liberal Party of Canada

Firearms homicides have substantially decreased. A violent episode involving guns is one too many and communities that are affected don't care about statistics - they care about action.

Gun-related crimes are punishable by some of the harshest penalties in the entire Criminal Code. Canada now has more mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crimes than any other crime, with the exception of murder.

Orders can also be given at the time of sentencing to prohibit possessing guns for various periods of time. The early dissolution of the 38th Parliament halted legislation on street racing, proceeds of crime, conditional sentences and strengthened mandatory sentences for use of a gun in the commission of a crime that I helped develop and introduce with an opposition party member from becoming law.

Whether it's funding programs to prevent crime or ensuring that violent criminals are brought to justice, the Liberal government is committed to protecting our communities.

* * *

Ben Cowie, Independent

Criminals who commit violent offenses must be given a fair trial, be prosecuted, spend time in prison, and undergo intense education initiatives to give them a better chance of becoming a contributing member of society once released. Too many times have we seen repeat offenders commit violent crimes, and I believe this is completely unacceptable.

Barriers should be lifted for law enforcement agencies to go after organized criminal organizations and street gangs. They are not welcome in my Canada and should be driven out using any means possible. Any organization that has been shown to promote violence or hatred should be shut down immediately and its leaders held accountable for the actions of their organizations.

Canada must not be a safe haven for criminal activity, it should be a sanctuary for safe citizens, free from criminals who do not respect the laws of our country. Let's get tough on crime in ADFW.

* * *

David Januczkowski, Green Party of Canada

As always, the Green Party's focus is on prevention since it is based on the understanding that it is always more costly to deal with issues like crime, ill health and pollution after the fact. The underlying reasons for many crimes are poverty, drug addiction, unemployment, and discrimination.

Green Party policies like increasing support for the underprivileged through low income housing, early childhood education as well as youth and drug programs will help break the cycle of poverty and crime. Our emphasis on personal and global responsibility will teach citizens from a very young age to work together to build a vibrant, non-violent and tolerant society. When laws are broken, we actively promote the use of restorative justice, rather than prison time to rehabilitate non-violent criminals. We would strengthen measures to combat gun smuggling and upgrade penalties for those convicted of a crime involving a firearm.

* * *

Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist Party

Many people are under the impression, whether true or false, that crime is on the increase. Certainly, the media gives that impression.

It is important to not accept things at face value. Rather, the matter should be investigated in a calm manner to determine whether crime is on the increase, what type of crime is increasing and what sectors of society are most affected. It is a fact that crime emerges when people's needs are not being met, where poverty and powerlessness are the order of the day.

The solution is to make sure that everyone's basic needs are being met and everyone is given real power to participate in society on all levels.

If, after an impartial investigation, certain age groups or communities are more involved in crime, then that is just an indication of where more effort is required to meet the needs of people.

* * *

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, NDP

The NDP believes that Canadians should feel safe in their own neighbourhoods. But in urban areas, people see handgun violence increasing.

We have to address the causes of youth crime - provide opportunities for young people; tackle poverty and addiction; and invest in affordable housing.

We also have to get tough on other contributing factors, like getting illegal guns off the streets - and stopping them at the border. We have to crack down on drugs and provide police and prosecutors the tools to deal with repeat or violent offenders.

The NDP believes in getting results for Canadians. In his spring budget, Paul Martin proposed $4.6 billion in tax cuts for large corporations. The NDP, holding the balance of power, was able to rewrite that budget and invest billions in affordable housing, social programs and education and training programs that will help address the roots of violent crime in our cities.

* * *

David Sweet, Conservative Party of Canada

The recent wave of violent crime in Toronto - particularly the Boxing Day shooting tragedy - has shocked and saddened us all. As a father, I cannot imagine a worse nightmare.

This is a wake-up call. For years, Canadians have been urging their governments to get tough on crime. The time to respond is long overdue. A new Conservative government will crack down on crime - because criminals belong in jail, not in our neighbourhoods.

The law must impose mandatory prison sentences for weapons offences, violent crimes and drug trafficking offences. We must end conditional sentences (house arrest) for weapon offences and other serious crimes.

The law governing young offenders must be strengthened to require that violent or serious repeat offenders 14 years of age or older be tried in adult court. Further, statutory release, the law entitling prisoners to parole after serving two-thirds of their sentence, must be replaced with earned parole.

In addition to getting tough on crime, we must focus on prevention - providing opportunities and role models to Canadian youth. However, prevention is only effective if it includes deterrence and strong law enforcement.

The federal candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding to describe their party's strategy for dealing with crime and punishment.

Here's what they had to say...

* * *

Russ Powers; Liberal Party of Canada

Firearms homicides have substantially decreased. A violent episode involving guns is one too many and communities that are affected don't care about statistics - they care about action.

Gun-related crimes are punishable by some of the harshest penalties in the entire Criminal Code. Canada now has more mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crimes than any other crime, with the exception of murder.

Orders can also be given at the time of sentencing to prohibit possessing guns for various periods of time. The early dissolution of the 38th Parliament halted legislation on street racing, proceeds of crime, conditional sentences and strengthened mandatory sentences for use of a gun in the commission of a crime that I helped develop and introduce with an opposition party member from becoming law.

Whether it's funding programs to prevent crime or ensuring that violent criminals are brought to justice, the Liberal government is committed to protecting our communities.

* * *

Ben Cowie, Independent

Criminals who commit violent offenses must be given a fair trial, be prosecuted, spend time in prison, and undergo intense education initiatives to give them a better chance of becoming a contributing member of society once released. Too many times have we seen repeat offenders commit violent crimes, and I believe this is completely unacceptable.

Barriers should be lifted for law enforcement agencies to go after organized criminal organizations and street gangs. They are not welcome in my Canada and should be driven out using any means possible. Any organization that has been shown to promote violence or hatred should be shut down immediately and its leaders held accountable for the actions of their organizations.

Canada must not be a safe haven for criminal activity, it should be a sanctuary for safe citizens, free from criminals who do not respect the laws of our country. Let's get tough on crime in ADFW.

* * *

David Januczkowski, Green Party of Canada

As always, the Green Party's focus is on prevention since it is based on the understanding that it is always more costly to deal with issues like crime, ill health and pollution after the fact. The underlying reasons for many crimes are poverty, drug addiction, unemployment, and discrimination.

Green Party policies like increasing support for the underprivileged through low income housing, early childhood education as well as youth and drug programs will help break the cycle of poverty and crime. Our emphasis on personal and global responsibility will teach citizens from a very young age to work together to build a vibrant, non-violent and tolerant society. When laws are broken, we actively promote the use of restorative justice, rather than prison time to rehabilitate non-violent criminals. We would strengthen measures to combat gun smuggling and upgrade penalties for those convicted of a crime involving a firearm.

* * *

Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist Party

Many people are under the impression, whether true or false, that crime is on the increase. Certainly, the media gives that impression.

It is important to not accept things at face value. Rather, the matter should be investigated in a calm manner to determine whether crime is on the increase, what type of crime is increasing and what sectors of society are most affected. It is a fact that crime emerges when people's needs are not being met, where poverty and powerlessness are the order of the day.

The solution is to make sure that everyone's basic needs are being met and everyone is given real power to participate in society on all levels.

If, after an impartial investigation, certain age groups or communities are more involved in crime, then that is just an indication of where more effort is required to meet the needs of people.

* * *

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, NDP

The NDP believes that Canadians should feel safe in their own neighbourhoods. But in urban areas, people see handgun violence increasing.

We have to address the causes of youth crime - provide opportunities for young people; tackle poverty and addiction; and invest in affordable housing.

We also have to get tough on other contributing factors, like getting illegal guns off the streets - and stopping them at the border. We have to crack down on drugs and provide police and prosecutors the tools to deal with repeat or violent offenders.

The NDP believes in getting results for Canadians. In his spring budget, Paul Martin proposed $4.6 billion in tax cuts for large corporations. The NDP, holding the balance of power, was able to rewrite that budget and invest billions in affordable housing, social programs and education and training programs that will help address the roots of violent crime in our cities.

* * *

David Sweet, Conservative Party of Canada

The recent wave of violent crime in Toronto - particularly the Boxing Day shooting tragedy - has shocked and saddened us all. As a father, I cannot imagine a worse nightmare.

This is a wake-up call. For years, Canadians have been urging their governments to get tough on crime. The time to respond is long overdue. A new Conservative government will crack down on crime - because criminals belong in jail, not in our neighbourhoods.

The law must impose mandatory prison sentences for weapons offences, violent crimes and drug trafficking offences. We must end conditional sentences (house arrest) for weapon offences and other serious crimes.

The law governing young offenders must be strengthened to require that violent or serious repeat offenders 14 years of age or older be tried in adult court. Further, statutory release, the law entitling prisoners to parole after serving two-thirds of their sentence, must be replaced with earned parole.

In addition to getting tough on crime, we must focus on prevention - providing opportunities and role models to Canadian youth. However, prevention is only effective if it includes deterrence and strong law enforcement.