Tories propose formal gang list to speed up prosecutions
Published Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:37PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 1, 2015 7:44PM PDT
The Conservative party has proposed the government craft a formal list of criminal organizations to help speed up gangsters’ prosecutions.
A legislated list would relieve Crown lawyers of the burden of repeatedly proving specific gangs are criminal outfits while trying individual cases, former Tory cabinet minister Stockwell Day said Thursday.
“Even membership in those organizations already listed in law will become a crime,” Day said.
Day made the announcement alongside Dianne Watts, the former Surrey mayor campaigning in the South Surrey-White Rogan area plagued by recent gang crime
The Conservatives also promised to increase funding for the Youth Gang Prevention Fund by $2.5 million a year if re-elected.
The program was designed to turn youth away from gangs.