United for a Safer B.C.
BC United Leader Kevin Falcon has announced his plan to put British Columbians’ right to safety ahead of the right of violent criminals to reoffend.
“Under the NDP, the system is not working for anyone except criminals, while law abiding citizens are no longer able to enjoy public parks and amenities, or in many cases even walk in the streets without fear. Enough is enough. It is time for decisive change that balances compassion and consequences, and puts community safety ahead of a criminal’s right to re-offend. Together with our ‘Better is Possible’ mental health and addictions plan announced earlier this year, BC United’s public safety plan will deliver that change.”
— Kevin Falcon, Leader of BC United
Under the NDP, B.C. has seen a 75 per cent increase in the rate of no-charge assessments, where individuals caught committing crimes are released with no charges. In Vancouver alone, this has led to the same 40 people being responsible for 6,385 negative police interactions in just one year, and an average of four people a day being subjected to random stranger attacks. The NDP’s catch-and-release program is compounded by a lack of adequate supports and treatment and rehabilitation programs for offenders with mental health and complex behavioural issues, increasing their entanglement with the justice system.
Our streets and public places belong to the public, not criminals. BC United will get back to putting British Columbians’ right to safety ahead of the right of violent criminals to reoffend.