Hudak schemes won't keep communities safe, but will it benefit cronies?

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Today Tim Hudak is puffing himself up to pretend he's tough on crime.  But his schemes will do nothing to keep our communities safe. In fact, police leaders say his schemes would do the opposite - increase the risk in our communities.

OPP Commissioner Lewis has said publishing the sex offender registry would actually drive offenders underground, as it does in the US, so that neither police nor the public know where they are.

"I totally disagree with Mr. Hudak on that. And in the US States where they do do that, it doesn't necessarily lend itself to a greater adherence to the legislation. We have almost 100 percent compliance rate in this province with our sexual offender registry because they're not online. So they obey the rules. That helps us ... We have actually had cases in the US where people have hunted people down that they don't know from a hole in the ground because they saw their face on a registry and they went out and killed them. We don't want that to happen to anybody. So we just want people to obey the registry and we're working it very well the way it is. We don't need to change it." (OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis, CP24, August 17, 2011)

GPS tracking is a proven failure too. Police say so. And federal Conservative Minister Vic Toews has said "there are problems with the technology" that render the devices "not particularly effective".

Here's why. In Utah this summer an inmate in jail for non-violent offences walked away from a chain gang, found a 19-year-old woman walking behind her apartment building, wrapped a cord around her neck and dragged her 80 feet into a thicket of trees. He then raped her, beat her head with a concrete block, choked her into unconsciousness and left her for dead.

The escapee's jail-issued ankle bracelet was found at the scene of the crime.

So why would Tim Hudak push this expensive scheme on Ontarians?

Well, it might have something to do with Tim Hudak's friends. For example, Gordon Baker is a Director and Jemtech Inc., a major distributor of GPS tracking devices. He's also a major donor to Hudak's PC Party, with over $50,000 in personal donations. And he is credited in Tim Hudak's election platform.

There's a history between Hudak and Baker/Jemtech. Under the last PC government Jemtech claimed 87% of their business came from sole-sourced deals with the PC government.

So police say communities will be less safe. But Hudak's friends may get lucrative new business.

Just another example of Tim Hudak's questionable judgment.

Image with caption: "Gord Baker: Consultant on PC Platform. (CNW Group/Ontario Liberal Party)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110914_C3189_PHOTO_EN_3272.jpg

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