The Harper Government has announced that it will be closing a maximum security prison in Ontario, and a medium security prison in Laval, Quebec. The Government claims this is due to a decrease in prison population and are closing these institutions as a cost cutting measure. The remaining inmates will be transferred to other institutions.
So that looks pretty good on them, doesn’t it? Harsher sentences for crime, a falling prison population, and cutting costs. It appears the Government is doing everything right.
However, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Madeleine Meilleur, said that Ontario prisons are already housing federal inmates because federal facilities are out of room.
So, why is the Harper Government closing two of Canada’s largest correctional facilities when they’re sending federal inmates to provincial institutions? Simple: Symbolism.
They’re making it look like they’re closing down the largest prisons because the population is down, when in fact they’re expanding other facilities, forcing the provinces to absorb federal inmates (plus the associated costs), and increasing the number of inmates who are double-bunked.
The SunNews jerk-offs are jerking-off all over this which adds to the Conservative’s base’s thinking that this government has been doing something worthwhile, instead of just creating a series of elaborate PR stunts.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The Harper Government is destroying this country.