According to today’s polls, the New Democrats are surging and now coming in second to Stephen Harper's Tories.
The Conservatives’ law-and-order plans are well known, although the total cost of them not so well documented. The kerfuffle over the pricetag of many of Harper’s get-tough-on-crime plans came to a head in February when the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer noted there needed to be a lot more detail in the government’s cost projection (read report). The document supplied to MPs outlining the costs also had Parliamentarians steaming in its lack of detail. The ordeal was the just another nail in the coffin of the last Parliament.
But as we get closer to voting day, and the NDP seems to be getting closer to the brass ring than its ever been, let’s see what the party has to say about crime and punishment in its platform. These are taken directly from the official NDP platform document: