Statement made on 02 November 2011 by Senator Grant Mitchell
Hon. Grant Mitchell:
Honourable senators, the government has reneged on a $92 million commitment to help Alberta build the Royal Alberta Museum. Consider for a moment that $92 million could be used to build that museum or it could be used to build 278 prison cells and put 278 people in them for two years. Think about that: on the one hand, an Alberta museum that enhances Edmonton's downtown, that enhances people's appreciation of Alberta heritage, that gives families and children educational opportunities, and on the other hand 278 people in jail for two years.
Whatever possessed this government to make that kind of choice, placing 270 people in jail, who do not even need to be there, over those kinds of opportunities for a place like Edmonton?
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