Statement made on 22 November 2011 by Senator Catherine Callbeck
Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:
Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The government's changes to the Criminal Code have caused a huge strain on my province's correctional resources, as well as that of other provinces. According to Prince Edward Island's Attorney General, the provincial correctional facility on the Island has seen a 30 per cent jump in prisoners this year in the wake of these changes. We can only expect that it will get worse with the huge omnibus bill.
Provinces have been asking the federal government for assistance in covering these escalating costs. I know the question has been asked before, but I will ask the leader again because, with all due respect, she did not really give an answer. Does this government plan to help the provinces and the territories implement the federal changes to the Criminal Code?
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