A story on The Telegram’s front page today, Toews blames Grits for no new prison, has the federal Conservatives taking a shot at the province’s 6 Liberal MPs.
But, as usual, the only real blow is delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told reporters in St. John’s Monday the Harper government will not help pay for a new prison to replace the 152-year-old museum by the lake, Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
Because the province’s 6 Liberal MPs didn’t bring a new prison to his attention.
You wouldn’t know but an election was in the air.
First, Stockwell Day, the federal Public Safety minister immediately prior to Toews, toured the Pen in July 2008.
Why didn’t Stockwell put the Pen on Toews’ radar?
Stockwell's tour of the Pen was set up by Conservative Senator Fabian Manning.
Why didn't Manning put the prison on Toews' radar?
Finally, Toews has been Public Safety minister for 13 months.
Why hasn’t one of the province’s 6 Liberal MPs put a new prison on Toews' radar?
Siobhan Coady, for one, is quick with a response.
Here's a great sound bite from Siobhan: "We don’t just need to be tough on crime, we as a country also need to be smart on crime."
And what changes?
•••The Harper Conservatives have refused to help fund a new prison in NL since 2008, according to the CBC, which obtained internal correspondence.
The Pen may be ancient, but there’s another line of thinking that the prison serves its purpose just fine.
Stockwell Day once described the prison’s interior as “one of the greatest disincentives for anyone to want to commit a crime — because that is not a place you would want to go to.”