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
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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