A cross-border brouhaha has erupted over comments made by the Vancouver Police Department over the number of people from Alberta committing crimes in B.C.
Sergeant Brian Montague suggested Alberta’s struggling economy is one of the reasons why the province is seeing more Albertans committing crimes.
“A lot of it is anecdotal, I don’t have specific numbers to provide you. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the Alberta economy is so poor right now and that the B.C. economy is thriving.”
However Alberta’s former deputy premier responded on Twitter saying “Tell him that we in Alberta have an ‘anecdotal’ perception that our economy suffers because B.C. blocks construction of pipelines.”
Thomas Lukaszuk says comments like these are disheartening.
“We all struggle with crime and issues in all provinces, we don’t point fingers, we don’t trace the origin to other provinces and then point out that this is not our problem, it’s some kind of foreign problem from another province.”
But Montague has since told CKNW that “in no way is he suggesting that Albertans in general are responsible for property crime in Vancouver.”