More than three-quarters of Toronto residents believe lenient judges are allowing gun crime to flourish in Canada's cities, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the National Post and Global News.Yes, Canadians have made the startling conclusion that damn fools on the bench and bigger fools in the Justice Ministry are to blame for multiple acts of violence being carried out by the same guys. Shockingly, most did not think that a lack of sports facilities were contributory to the problem but instead laid the blame squarely on the Federal and Provincial catch-and-release program for violent, drug dealing assholes.
Following the Boxing Day shooting of 15-year-old Jane Creba, 76% of respondents to the Ipsos Reid survey said lax judges are a "major factor" spurring gun violence. One of the suspects charged in relation to the gunfight that killed Ms. Creba and left six others wounded was out on parole at the time of the incident.
"People are really wondering what these judges are doing," said Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos Reid.
Eighty-nine per cent of Toronto residents polled blamed gangs for the shootings that have made gun crime a top issue in the federal election campaign while 78% cited drugs and drug trafficking.