Tory will hire more police and keep criminals they arrest in jail



    PC leader says McGuinty puts electioneering before community safety

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader
John Tory today announced he will put more police on the streets to make
Ontario neighbourhoods safer and fix the justice system to keep criminals they
arrest in jail.
    "It has been a long time since the OPP has seen a significant increase to
their uniform strength," said Tory. "Dalton McGuinty ignored the 2005 Auditor
General's Report that stated that most OPP detachments are understaffed for
their responsibilities."
    In a speech to over 200 delegates at a meeting of the Police Association
of Ontario, Tory announced a PC government will invest in putting another 200
OPP officers on the streets as a starting point. Tory also pledged to work
co-operatively with the federal government to ensure Ontario gets its fair
share of officers from committed funding.
    "Dalton McGuinty has slowed the flow of federal funds by refusing to work
with the Government of Canada, instead preferring to kick start new arguments
with them. His silence has been deafening on Liberal stonewalling on federal
legislation to get tougher on guns - legislation he claims to support," said
Tory.
    "The problem with Dalton McGuinty's justice policies is that they are
focused on election timing and public relations rather than on the real
needs," said Tory. "We must not forget that while he dragged his feet for
years when it came to funding for police, Dalton McGuinty was all too ready to
push millions out the door in rushed year-end slush fund grants that were
condemned by the Auditor General himself for being neither 'open, transparent
or accountable'."
    During his speech, Tory said a PC government will also focus on doing
more to support kids and families in at-risk neighbourhoods as well as taking
steps to fix the justice system. "We cannot guarantee safer streets as long as
our justice system releases those charged with dangerous offences back onto
our streets within hours or days."
    Tory added: "'Catch and Release' works in fishing - it doesn't work with
gun crime. It is disrespectful to police, disrespectful to victims,
disrespectful to at-risk communities, and under a John Tory PC Government we
will make it a thing of the past. Now more than ever we need this kind of new
leadership."





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