Tory says Leadership Matters to get criminals off Ontario streets

    Dalton McGuinty has allowed disrespect for police officers, justice

    WATERLOO, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today said a PC government will turn up the heat on criminals by
enhancing support for police officers and taking an aggressive approach
through Ontario's justice system to keep people in jail who break the law.
    "Today, the system is not working. It is failing the victims of crime and
families particularly those in at-risk communities, who see dangerous
offenders released back on their streets," said Tory. "It is failing our
police officers, who work so hard and risk so much to ensure the public are
protected yet, see very little respect in return."
    Tory made the remarks during a speech at the Ontario Association of
Chiefs of Police 2007 Annual Conference where he outlined the PC Party's
"Leadership Matters" plan for community safety. Tory's plan to make Ontario's
communities safer focuses on providing better supports for police, keeping
criminals in jail and out of our communities and addressing the needs of
victims and at-risk communities. The plan also spells out that there must be
one, and only one, law for all.
    During his speech Tory said Ontario's "catch and release" justice system
will become a thing of the past under a PC government. "We can't guarantee
safer streets as long as our justice system releases those charged with
dangerous offences back on to the streets within days."
    "We will get tough on bail violations and sentencing deals - starting
with a strong guideline for any crime involving guns: NO DEALS," he said. "The
number of bail violations we are prepared to tolerate has made the entire
system and the bail orders themselves a farce. Far too many are thumbing their
nose at the system.
    "That attitude must not be allowed to prevail," said Tory. "If you
violate bail conditions, you pay a price. No more plea-bargaining away bail
violation charges, so if someone has violated bail before, the judge will know
that when making a decision."
    Tory said the same principle holds true for offences on Ontario streets
and highways. "Many of these road-related crimes are leading to the deaths of
more people than even guns and gangs. But the deals being agreed to and the
sentences being imposed can create the impression that we don't treat these
deaths as seriously. We need fewer plea bargain deals on these charges, fewer
sentencing deals, and more appeals launched faster when an inadequate sentence
is handed down."

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