May 17, 2022, Montreal, Quebec – Today, the Jean Charest campaign released its Building Safer Communities plan. Canadians deserve serious and credible policy solutions that will keep them and their loved ones safe. Conservative Party of Canada members have long been champions of law and order. Our members and Canadians deserve real leadership from politicians who respect the rule of law.
“It is the responsibility of a Prime Minister to keep Canadians safe,” said Jean Charest. “They deserve real leadership and policies that will build safe communities. Instead, under the Liberal government, we have seen soft on crime policies, including the removal of minimum sentences for violent gun crimes, which has emboldened criminals, and gangs. If you break the law, there are consequences.”
Every Canadian should feel safe in their homes, on public transit, taking their kids to school, and enjoying their communities. Every healthcare worker, police officer, firefighter or first responder should feel safe on the job. Once elected, a Jean Charest government will take immediate action to Build Safer Communities across Canada through key policies that include:
- Zero tolerance for gun crimes, with an option for prosecutors to lay charges that will entail minimum sentences
- Stronger sentences for crimes motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, language, or other forms of hate
- Tougher penalties for anyone assaulting a police officer, firefighter, or any other first responder
- Making sentences more serious for people who assault a healthcare or social services worker
- Funding more police on public transit
- Adding significant funding to the RCMP elite anti-gun smuggling unit to help shut down the main source of gun violence and illegal firearms in our country
“A Charest government will focus the resources of the federal government on combating the true sources of violent crime in our cities which are caused by illegal guns and gang activity. Parents should be able to take their kids to the park or ride a bus without fear of being assaulted,” added Mr. Charest.
Details of the policy are available in the backgrounder below.
BACKGROUNDER BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES
Canada has seen a record number of hate crimes and homicide rates up 20% between 2016 and 2020. Today, many Canadians don’t feel safe in their community. People who break the law must face consequences.
A Jean Charest government will take immediate action to Build Safer Communities across Canada by:
- Having zero tolerance for gun crimes, including an option for prosecutors to lay charges that if found guilty will entail minimum sentences for gun crimes.
- Introducing stronger sentences for violent crimes motivated by hate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, language, or other forms of hate, and creating a new criminal registry for those found guilty of hate crimes.
- Bringing tougher penalties for anyone assaulting a police officer, firefighter, or any other first responder.
- Stopping the increase in assaults in healthcare settings through tougher penalties on those who assault a healthcare or social services worker
- More police to patrol public transit through a new dedicated fund for municipalities to combat the growing problem of harassment, violence, and property crime on transit.
- Adding significant funding to the new RCMP elite anti-gun smuggling unit to help shut down the main source of gun violence and illegal firearms in our country.
- Hiring new anti-gang officers based in the GTA and Lower Mainland to focus specifically on gang activity plaguing our communities.
- Giving police additional tools to seize cryptocurrency assets from gangs using it for money laundering, ransom and cyber-attacks coming from within Canada or foreign countries like Russia.
- Requiring that safe injection sites must be located at least 1km away from any school or daycare
- Working with the provinces to combat the increasing problem of rural crime.