Liberal “optics and indicators” won’t work to scale back gun crime, the conservative chief says throughout the Winnipeg go to
While the police in Manitoba grapple with violent crime, the federal opposition leader says the ruling liberals have passed laws that soften punishments for violent offenders while ineffectively tightening controls on law-abiding gun owners.
“We know things that are about optics and signals rather than substance don’t work,” said Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who interviewed Manitoba on CBC Manitoba’s Up to Speed afternoon radio show during a visit to Winnipeg on Thursday became.
On Wednesday, the Conservatives tabled an e-petition, electronically signed by tens of thousands of Canadians, asking Ottawa to abandon Law C-71, which contains new provisions to improve existing background checks for those seeking a gun license while demanding that retailers keep records of all stocks and sales, including for unrestricted firearms.
Conservatives are not against controls that actually improve security, Scheer said, but reducing gun crime means tracking down criminals and illegal firearms.
“And no registry office in the world, no matter how large, will actually achieve this because criminals are already breaking the law. They don’t worry if they break an additional law or two regarding firearms, ”he said.
A bond reform could offer a solution to reduce violent crime, Scheer said.
“People with long criminal records, violent assaults who pose a threat to people in vulnerable communities … the police arrest them and they get out very quickly.”
Governments also need to address issues like addiction, which fuel violent crime, Scheer said. He recently met with officers from the Winnipeg Police Department and went for a walk. He said the effects of the drugs were evident on the city streets.
“It’s a tragedy on a human level too. So we need to work harder to recover, not just to keep addicts but to free them from drugs and show them how the path to recovery can save their lives.” and make our communities safer, “he said.
Liberals killed Energy East, Scheer says
Scheer also spoke about his party’s support for the revitalization of the Energie-Ost-Pipeline.
Last fall, the TransCanada Corp. based her plan on building a pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to an export terminal in Saint John, blaming new environmental criteria for the cancellation.
“The Liberals killed it,” said Scheer. “You forced this pipeline project to account for both upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions that no other industry in Canada needs to consider.”
Concerns about the potential environmental impact of pipeline spills in some communities, such as First Nations communities in British Columbia that have hampered the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, should be addressed, but they should not be used simply to encourage development block no matter what.
“We need to recognize that the best way to improve the quality of life for First Nations and Indigenous Canadians is through economic development and activity,” he said.
Scheer also criticized the federal liberals for not getting any clarity about possible problems for Canadians involved in the legalized cannabis industry when crossing the US border.
Individuals who admit to using legal marijuana, or who work or invest in the industry, could face a lifetime ban on travel to the United States.
“I would have expected that part of the development plan for doing this would be to get involved at a very high level with the United States for reassurance.”
With files by Kim Kaschor and John Paul Tasker