Corrections actions 'unacceptable' but Harper stays out of Ashley Smith case

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls the Ashley Smith case a "terrible tragedy" and "completely unacceptable" in the way Corrections Canada is supposed to do business.

Smith was a troubled teen who choked to death in her prison cell five years ago.

An Ontario inquest into Smith's death has been tied up in knots as the government argues the coroner has no jurisdiction to delve into federal matters.

The opposition accuses the government of trying to block the inquest from getting at the truth.

Harper says he'll let the "arguments between lawyers" play out and won't interfere.

But he says the government will look at whether more money is needed for mental health care in prisons.

Organizations: Corrections Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Ontario

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  • katherine jaconello
    November 11, 2012 - 09:08

    Dear Mr. Harper, We do not need more money for "mental health care" in prisons. We need to cut funding to the medical/psychiatric "mental health" model instead all across society. The medical profession is drugging kids into oblivion and creating juvenile delinquents with their psychotropic drugs. Nothing good will come from giving psychiatry more money for prisoners. Instead, hire integrative medical doctors who can take care of their allergies, vitamin deficiencies and detoxification so they can recover. Face it, Mr. Harper - look at the horrible tragedies created by psychiatry and its "care" - shock, drugs and brain operations. Don't dive into those lies - the public KNOWS!