I have a question for Christy Clark.
Why is it that your government can find millions and millions of dollars to “explain” the HST to us, but can’t find the money to keep our courtrooms safe- and open?
Interesting enough, for the second time in this Stanley Cup series, a very contentious news headline has run either during the big game, or was posted online just prior to one starting.
This afternoon, while most people were getting ready for tonights game, the Vancouver Sun posted this story :
The B.C. government has just cut the equivalent of 34 sheriffs positions despite some judges saying they have been forced to close courtrooms because of a lack of staff to provide security.
And the union representing B.C. sheriffs says the government is “playing Russian roulette with the safety of everybody involved.”
Several sheriffs protested the cuts, which were announced internally Friday, outside the New Westminster Law Courts on Wednesday.
“What is it going to take? Somebody walking into a courtroom and a major incident occurring for them to do anything?” Purdy said Wednesday.
“The threat of violence is growing in all Canadian courthouses and more needs to be done to protect the people, the court workers, the sheriffs, the judges and the public.”
Attorney General Barry Penner was asked about the sheriff shortage in question period last month and said it remained a top priority to have enough sheriffs for the courts.
But he also said there wasn’t additional resources available to deal with the shortages that existed before the most recent reductions in sheriffs’ work hours.
“Where is that money supposed to come from?” Penner said. “There is an alternative approach. It’s to live within a budget and look for other ways to address delays in the justice system, other than just always spending more money that comes at the expense of taxpayers.”
Wow. They were asked about this, last month. Barry Penner, concerned politician…( I’m shaking my head as I write this )
Christy Clark – anything but Families First.
Where was all this concern about spending more money at the expense of taxpayers when that stupid stickman campaign came out?