Here's a headline from today:
Police-reported crime drops in 2008: StatsCan
Good news right? The government and the people of Canada should be pleased, non? Well, not if your the Conservative government of Canada and certainly not if your the Minister overseeing this file.
"We don't govern on the latest statistics," the minister told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview.
Huh? Think about that for a minute. Empirical evidence is of no use to those who develop our laws? We're not talking polls here, random opinion or anecdotal evidence. We are talking reality for heavens sake! Science!
Ooops, I guess I see my problem here.
Seriously, if you don't develop law based on fact, then what are you doing? Oh right. You're developing law based on flawed, terribly flawed (and we have evidence of that too) ideology that has failed everywhere it's been employed, specifically in the US.
Do you know what really galls me about this ridiculous claim and this ridiculous Minister? His ongoing treatment of this man and others. Do you really think he cares about upholding justice?
Not on your life. Especially if you don't fit his favoured demographic. Don't tell him that though. It's another empirical measurement and he just wouldn't get it.
He goes on:
"What level it's at right now, it's unacceptable, and we are committed to disrupting ... criminal activity."
Except that little to none of his idiotic agenda has been implemented. The previous method of attacking this issue is working! What part of that doesn't he get?
Look, I don't think that we do nothing about crime, but intelligence and keeping up with the times surely should prevail.
Sadly, intelligence and reality are hardly the guiding principles of the Conservative Party of Canada.