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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Party Platforms: Crime
by Paddy Moore

Here are the highlights of the crime platforms from the Liberal, New Democratic and Progressive Conservative parties:

Liberal Crime Platform                                 [top]
Put 1,000 more police on the streets.
Enhance police intelligence services to tackle organized crime.
Increase number of hate-crime units in the province.
Hire 50 new Crown attorneys and 100 parole officers.
Establish community-based punishments for first-time young offenders.

New Democratic Party Crime Platform         [top]
Create Anti-Discrimination Secretariat to ensure zero tolerance for hate crimes.
Create civilian police complaints commission.
Improve community policing, emphasizing cops walking the beat.
Hire more police officers.
Combat violence against women.
Make public again all privately run jails and facilities for young offender.

Progressive Conservative Party
Crime Platform                                               [top]
Toughen parole rules for violent offenders.
Make parole officers testify if released criminal kills someone.
Crack down on gun-toting criminals by seeking maximum sentences and setting up special courts for crimes involving firearms.
Toughen penalties for drunk driving and illegal racing. Two convictions will mean automatic loss of licence for life.
Pass "Lemon Law." If something needs three major repairs in a year, the company must replace it at no charge.
Double the limit for Small Claims Court to $20,000.
Create Fugitive Squad.
Step up efforts to identify those sought on international warrants.
Wrestle immigration responsibilities from the federal government, and end free legal aid for refugee and immigration cases.
Create special courts for child exploitation offences, and increase the number of child-friendly courts.
Expand Amber Alert system.
Set up system of testing potential immigrants for skills.


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