Title:The fear factor: Stephen Harper’s “tough on crime” agenda.
Subject:Crime – general
Publisher:Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Place of Publication:Ottawa
Date of Publication:2010
According to Statistics Canada, crime rates have been trending down for over 20 years. This includes the violent crime rate. Yet the Harper government continues to insist that there is an epidemic of crime, and that Canadians should be very afraid of increasing violence — guns, gangs and drugs — the fear factor. This study analyses the financial and human costs of the Harper government’s tough on crime agenda and concludes it is wrong-headed, expensive, and counter-productive. In fact, it will likely lead to more crime and a bigger deficit.