Feb 29, 2012
I would like thank you for your email regarding Bill C-10.
The government’s attitude towards crime fails to understand the fundamental connection between the challenges of addiction, mental illness, poverty, and that of crime. As a provincial judge wrote, “poverty is the first fuel that drives crime. It becomes mixed in with the destabilization of families, widespread substance abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence”
Instead of working towards programs that will help solve the root causes of crime, Bill C-10 targets those who need our help the most.
Currently, the bill is before the Senate and will be up for final reading this week. I will vote against C-10 because I remain committed to pursuing a crime and justice approach that is evidence-based, applies appropriate penalties, is cost-effective, and would tackle the root causes of crime like poverty.
Please continue to let all of the Conservative Party Senators know how you feel on this important issue before the final vote.
Art Eggleton (Liberal Senator)