Opinion Editorial

NDP falling short on crime

For all the bluster over the years from the NDP government about how they're tough on crime, the actual numbers show they're anything but.

Sure, Premier Greg Selinger and his minions will spend the next three months trumpeting the fact crime rates in our province went down in 2010.

That is an undeniable fact, as it is in the rest of the country, and will undoubtedly be used by the premier and his crew as proof they're no hug-a-thuggers.

Our advice?

Don't fall for the spin. Doing so would be to ignore how Manitoba's crime rates compare with the rest of the country.

Simply put, we're killing the competition.

According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba has the unfortunate honour of being first in homicides, violent crime, youth violent crime, sex assaults and robbery.

It's so bad, if this trend keeps up, Stats Canada is going to have to come up with new crime categories for Manitoba to top.

Of course, there's enough blame to go around for everyone when it comes to our struggles with curbing crime than to just pin it all on the provincial wing of the NDP.

There's the federal wing of the party, too, who (with the Liberals) have made it their mission the past five-plus years to block or water down any tough-on-crime legislation presented by the Harper government.

And in Winnipeg, the most violent city in the country for the second year in a row, anti-crime initiatives put forward by city hall over the years have been, at best, hit and miss.

But the bottom line is the Selinger government can only point the finger elsewhere so much.

As the ruling government for the past dozen years, they must take their rightful, and sizable, share of the responsibility for our crime problem.

They've failed to put together a cohesive anti-gang strategy.

They've failed to direct Crown attorneys to seek stiffer sentences for thugs.

They've deleted old arrest warrants because they decided it wasn't worth chasing the suspects.

In other words, our province has not become a safer place to live with the NDP in power and, comparatively to elsewhere, things have actually gotten worse.

Tough on crime?

The NDP are anything but.