Minister Weasel Rob Nicholson went to pathetic lengths today to duck tough questions about the cost of the Conservative’s omnibus crime bill from CTV journalist Seamus O’Regan.
In this video from CTV News, Nicholson repeatedly wiggles out of direct questions about the cost of the Safe Streets and Communities Act, the massive Conservative crime bill that includes nine smaller bills the party was unable to pass with a minority government.
After the Minister evaded the same question a few times, CTV News host Seamus O’Regan seemed to have had enough.
“Minister, I’m not even going to get into whether or not crime is at a 40-year low in Canada and whether prevention or rehabilitation is better than incarceration – you don’t have a cost on this bill,” O’Regan pressed adamantly. “You don’t have a cost on this bill. I’m a taxpayer, I just want to know what the cost is; you can’t give me a cost.”
“I can tell you that the costs are sustainable,” the slippery Minister responded. He then rattled off a few phoney “statistical trends” before admitting, “we don’t govern on the basis of statistics”.
Watch the video from CTV:
No one knows for sure how many billions of dollars the new crime legislation will cost if made law, but it’s estimated that Canadians pay over $100,000 a year per inmate. Just one part of the new bill – the one that relates to drugs and includes mandatory minimum prison sentences for minor marijuana offences – is expected to quickly add 3,000 – 5,000 inmates to Canada’s overpopulated prison system. Add the other eight sections of the bill and the price of building new prisons and you end up with a stack of cash almost too big to flush down the toilet. Sadly, the Conservatives seem to have a unique talent for using Canadian taxpayer’s hard-earned dollar bills as toilet paper.
And if you think using the word “weasel” seems a little unfair in describing our Justice Minister, consider that the word comes from the Anglo-Saxon root “weatsop”, meaning “a vicious bloodthirsty animal”. That seems about right to me.
Find out more about how the Conservative government is destroying our beloved country in this article about the Safe Streets and Communities Act.