Harper Crime Agenda = Meaner Canada
by Trish Hennessy
One troublesome prospect of a Harper majority government is the implementation of its ‘tough on criminals’ legislation, expected within its first 100 days.
In this blog, Alex Himelfarb shows us what’s wrong with the Conservative ‘tough on crime’ agenda that’s infiltrating Canada and sets out a progressive counterpoint.
The progressive frame, in Himelfarb’s words: “this turn to “tough on criminals” makes Canada a meaner – not safer – place.”
Himelfarb encourages Canadians to get engaged in the crime debate, warning: “[I]n the end, in the name of safety, we are less safe. In the name of democracy, we are less free. And in our refusal to have the debate, to move beyond our prejudices, our fears, our anger, we make Canada a meaner and smaller place.”