Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Conservatives Spent $6 Million Dollars to Pretend to Care About Victims of Crime

While talking tough on crime and promising justice for victims, it would appear that the entire thing was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Four years ago, to great fanfare, the federal Conservatives opened an ombudsman’s office to help victims of crime. Now, the agency’s first boss says it was just a $6 million public relations stunt to score political points.

To date, the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime has released only one annual report. Two others were filed to the federal justice minister but, for more than a year, they have remained secret. Because the ombudsman’s office has no legislative powers, the reports — which include spending summaries and recommendations for improving the rights of crime victims — cannot be made public until Justice Minister Rob Nicholson tables them in Parliament.
One more reason to throw the bums out.

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