Abbotsford Conservative candidate Ed Fast spoke in Burnaby today about the need to balance crime prevention and violent offender rehabilitation.
He says he wants to protect the public from aggressive crime.
“Communities like Surrey, communities like Abbotsford. Violent crime is still a very significant issue. It’s an issue for our citizens. And we want to make sure that Canadians have a very important choice to make the upcoming election.”
Fast also had a few things to say about the NDP.
Commenting on his NDP opponent, Carol Baird Ellan, a former judge running in Burnaby – North Seymour, Fast says she handed down lenient sentences, especially for crimes against children.
Fast mentions the need for change in Surrey and B.C.
“We have recently announced that there will be an additional 100 police officers for the city of Surrey. Our government recently announced a crime prevention program funding of 6 million dollars for the city of Abbotsford which is also having challenges with gang related crime”.
Fast would like to see that life sentences really do mean life for Canada’s most heinous offenders.
Ellan responded to Fast’s comments in an emailed statement to CKNW.
“The fact is the Conservatives are getting increasingly desperate with their misleading attacks. I was the first-ever female Provincial Court chief judge and when it comes to crime and policing, Canadians are looking for action but the Conservatives’ are just giving them a bunch of broken promises. Tom Mulcair has a plan to make streets safer by relaunching the Police Officer Recruitment Fund and put 2,500 new police officers on the streets. That’s the change Canadians want.”