Time for excuses is over - Everyone in Ontario should be safe in their
ETOBICOKE, ON, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario PC Leader John Tory vows to
protect Ontario families by putting an end to Dalton McGuinty's catch and
release justice system.
"Far too often, people accused of committing violent crimes are set free
while the system tries to prove they should be kept off the streets. The
results are often devastating," Tory said. "The people of this province have
a right to demand that their justice system serve and protect them."
In 2005, 64% of accused murderers in Canada had a prior criminal record.
Of the 46 people accused in Toronto's 62 homicides in 2006, 70% were either
out on bail, on probation or subject to another court order.
A John Tory PC Government will pass our Truth and Transparency in the
Justice System Act to track and report on the justice system in order to use
the information gathered to improve it.
Tory will also order automatic inquests when someone on bail, probation
or parole causes a death to determine why that person was on the streets, and
ensure that the incident is not repeated. He will advocate for a stronger
Youth Criminal Justice Act to reflect the new, violent reality of gangs,
pursuing bail, parole and probation violators.
A John Tory PC Government will take the penalties for breaching bail
conditions seriously; going after every penny each time bail is breached.
Tory also used the opportunity to introduce a new program, offering cash
rewards for information leading to the arrest of dangerous criminals.
"If offering a cash reward will provide justice to victims and families,
protect our neighbourhoods and get dangerous criminals off the streets, then
we must do it. Dalton McGuinty promised to build safe communities, but last
year in Toronto, 7 out of 10 people charged with murder were out on bail or
probation when those murders took place," said Tory. "The people of Ontario
need to feel safe again. For safe and strong communities, leadership matters."
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