- April 04, 2013 - 10:20
Mr. King wants more time to gauge the effects of the cut's...time for the courts to get clogged up and more cases to get tossed out? Of course he does not have to worry, if he or his PC pals, or elite puppet masters were to be an unfortunate victim of a crime, I'm 100% sure some strings would be yanked to get their matters dealt with ASAP.
- Guess Who
- April 01, 2013 - 19:57
While I always respected and supported Danny Williams during his foray into politics, I am tired of ppl treating him as a God. Yes, he was very lucky to have become Premier and during his whole term had a weak minority government in Ottawa, the price of oil soared and already being a millionaire didnt have to collect the Premier's salary......he would and could do no better than the current Premier in the present circumstances. Do people forget so quickly the public sector strike "til the cows come home"?? He's simply one hard working but very lucky guy, not a god with supreme powers! It would be most interesting to see Danny and Steve square off now while Steve has his majority in Ottawa....."Hey Danny, you know what you can do with those flags, and the flagpoles too, dont ya!!"
- Don Fogwill
- April 01, 2013 - 19:55
What a gang of goons we have running this province. What reason could they have to justify cutting one third of the prosecutors positions in the Dept. of Justice. If the government was that desperate to find savings how come they didn't think to cut their own salaries and expence accounts by 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25%. I consider that the 7 prosecutors laid off by the government gave the people of this province more value for the money than all 48 members of the house put together. Then Tom Marshall opens his mouth and said that he was confident that the remaining prosecutors could provide an effective service. Come off it Tom, just because you are a member of government, do you really believe that anyone is going to believe that. What garbage. Of course, it all depends on what you consider "effective". Our Weatern society has faught for "justice" for over one thousand years but now the Dunderdale government id going to put it back 200 years. It is not uncommon to see a case come before court where the charges were laid 2 years ago. So, does this mean that we will be seeing cases that take 3 years to get to court? Will it mean that because they are pressed for time prosecutors will decide not to proceed with some cases and the suspect goes free? Will the police, when they see what's happening, get discouraged and decide that certain type cases are just not worth the effort.? And lastly, when the public sees what's going on will they buy guns to take care of justice themselves?
- April 01, 2013 - 15:43
Those of you posting comments calling for Danny to come back must be joking. Why do you think we're in this budget mess? If only he had left sooner we might not be in this fiscal situation. In any event, the Dunderdale administration appears to have a plan - sure we're out a few Crown Prosecutors, but with an extra few million bucks, maybe Jake Doyle will keep the criminals off the streets. Oh yeah!
- What is More Important
- April 01, 2013 - 14:54
The government lays off criminal Prosecuters and Sherriff's Officers but keeps their Protocol Adviser and Division? Kathy, get your priorities straight and prosecute criminals effectively and leave the etiquette lessons for another time.
- Allocate Resources
- April 01, 2013 - 13:29
Maybe a simple re-allocation of resources would be better; keep the prosecutors and layoff probation officers; because probation doesn't work!
- Shawn Fitzpatrick
- April 01, 2013 - 12:42
Fools said I, you do not know, silence like a cancer grows!
- PLEASE DANNY, HELP US OUT, PLEASE
- April 01, 2013 - 11:36
Danny, we really need you to come back and straighten out this mess.
- Derrick W
- April 01, 2013 - 11:32
Please Please Please Danny Williams. Please come back and straighten out this mess the present governing PC's have made since you left. You love a challenge, dont you ?? Then you could deal with those cowardly and incompetent Cabinet Ministers and give them their walking papers. Danny, our province is falling apart. I am begging you to consider coming back. You have so much support out there. I have never felt so saddened by the mess Kathy Dunderdale has left our province in. It is literally heartbreaking to watch all of this unfold. We had such a good thing going for us. How can this be happening ??? So Very Sad.
- April 01, 2013 - 09:38
too funny. Won't be so funny when we lose drug cases and a chance to protect our youth.
- Dirty Deeds
- April 01, 2013 - 09:13
What are the long term implications to slashing a provincial department which is already working under a great deal of pressure.Pic all you have to do is tune into CBC and NTV to see how well the new department is working.Maybe they should give criminals longer sentences to keep them off our city streets.We would not have as many court cases on the docket.
- April 01, 2013 - 08:06
It didn't take long for things to fall apart after Danny left. The first sign was when they started to cuddle up with "seasonal worker hater Harper" I suggest in the next budget they will be going into the pockets of all of us with some form of tax increase, HST for one.
- No Law Degree
- April 01, 2013 - 06:15
Darin King does not have a law degree so why is he making decisions about the Justice system? The Deputy Minister is currently there only in an "Acting" capacity, so he's too busy kissing-up to keep the job permanently. Yup, I have to agree with the prior post - good times to be a crook.
- Duh Doh
- April 01, 2013 - 07:36
Sure bye, Dunderdale don't have post-secondary; so what's yer point? Duh, oh, now I get it...totally unqualified; doh.
- SD Redgrave
- April 01, 2013 - 06:00
When I heard that a crown prosecutor had quit over losing staff in her department, I felt she deserved a standing ovation. No doubt, if she were still at that age of being "upwardly mobile" she would have stayed put and done nothing. Kudos for her bravery! Anyone who's of the opinion that criminal will benefit from less prosecutors is woefully mistaken and lacks a basic understanding of our judicial system. Make no mistake, they (the accused) will help share the burden with more remands, more time in custody awaiting trial and those that genuinely need help will be re offending and back into the system, costing the system even more. The right to fair play in and out of the court sytem is a constitutional matter and as such our economists must act in a constitutionally acceptable manner.
- April 01, 2013 - 05:44
And meanwhile... the Toronto Star reported that Canada was sending $13million to Jordan as aid in the relief of Syrian refugees. Last year $40 million or so went to Haiti, being charitable and kind is all very well but not at the expense of one's own people and these cutback savings going to others.
- April 01, 2013 - 05:39
King must be living in a dream world !!!
- April 01, 2013 - 05:30
Well the business sector wanted even more cuts so now they will have to suffer too. Watch what you ask for you just might get.
- John Fitzgerald
- April 01, 2013 - 05:14
The hardest part of commenting on this is to remain courteous. What amazes me is that this government would think people were not going to notice or they would be silent about making these changes?? One can only shake their head when you have a crown attorney coming out publicy after quitting their job because they cannot work under these conditions! Restructuring of the Sheriff's , they cut the number of Officers in half and then implied new technology is the reason. He must be referring to those new airport like scanners. Lets hope those scanners can make it into a courtroom when some individual attacks a witness or a crown etc...Obviously with 50% less Sheriff's there will likely be no one in most courtrooms and the few that are left will likely have no one to respond. Its truely not thought out. There is no plan or the plan is simply not going to work. My only hope is that when something serous does happen and all in the system agree it will that the individuals rolling the dice on our safety be held accountable.
- April 01, 2013 - 04:33
Is this government working for somebody who is trying to destroy our province??? The recent budget is taking away the ability to properly deal with criminal activity. It is taking away money from Tourism, which brings in money tenfold. It's laying off Conservation Officers when conservation is more critical than ever. The list goes on! And by the way, folks, I work on the inside of government, and they're still hiring! Oh yes, a new Manager was hired last week in a branch of Exective Council. YES! People were being escorted out the door while a new Manager was being introduced around the building. I wonder how much more is happening that nobody knows about?
- April 01, 2013 - 00:45
Seeing the current crop of PC's are the biggest group of shysters we've ever had in government, no wonder they are cutting the Justice Department. They must fear post-election-defeat inquiry's and jail-time. I betcha their own security's been beefed up, and any peaceful protests at the Muskrat Falls will be broken up by a platoon of police. They must be planning to release some kind of mass amnesia concoction into our water supplies, only chance they have of getting reelected.
- April 01, 2013 - 14:44
you hit the nail on the head,, haven't heard a comment on house arrest yet btw. all braceletts are gone so all the ex government officials doin time ( joke) on the bracelett because of their wrong doings are free , coincidence , i think not.
- March 31, 2013 - 23:27
With the justice system taking such a hit with the newly announced cut backs across the board, does this mean that we are only a step away from passing the gavel and the cell keys over to the criminals? The courts are full every day of the week, no short lists there! One only has to check the court dockets and read page after page of names appearing before court. Minister King cites the fall in numbers of youth housed at Whitbourne and the cost of having a Family Violence Court as examples to explain such cuts. Maybe the savings in those areas should be used to help improve other areas of the justice system that are badly lacking and still be able to maintain the youth and family courts on a more sustainable level. Here's a question.....with all of the cutbacks that are coming because of cost verses use, wouldn't it be wise to scrap the building of the new courthouse and use that valuable land on Lemarchant Rd to construct seniors cottages for some of us who soon won't be able to live in our homes because of cost. I don't see the government doing anything for us. We need affordable housing built now. What is the government waiting for? Since time is on their side and not the senior I suspect "time" has something to do with the answer!
- March 31, 2013 - 21:48
Where and when did darren King become an expert on law courts and how they run. Being a yeacher really tought him alot ffs
- March 31, 2013 - 21:28
My God what have we come to. I am ashamed of where we are and we we are headed.
- March 31, 2013 - 20:50
This government is so incompetent. And they are lying through their teeth when they say these cuts won't affect services. What a joke. This is such a boondoggle.
- March 31, 2013 - 20:27
The only people that this benefits are criminals. I believe public safety should be on top of the priority list, but it's quite evident that it isn't. What is our government thinking? I wonder if they even listen to the voices of the people that fill their wallets. It's a sad, sad time for Newfoundland.
- Time to march on confederation building
- March 31, 2013 - 19:20
Is it not wonderful to see government dumping money into a police force as incompetent as the RNC but slash the department that ultimately has to deal with their screw ups. Does no one remember the recent case that the RNC botched allowing a murderer to go free? It only makes sense to cut the law offices and the prosecutor who had to let criminals go free because the RNC did such a stellar job. Crime is up in the capital but the clowns in government figure that's the line to cut meanwhile leaving 90 million in undisclosed funding and dump countless dollars into a mega project that has questionable (totally non-academic) research analysis. To make the best of it I love how half of the MHA's are teachers who are some how able to make comments on a justice system....NOT to mention our premier who did not even have the convictions to finish her social work degree. Maybe if Dunderdale had finished her social work education, she may have learned about how cuts to justice can have negative impacts on society.
- March 31, 2013 - 18:51
This budget will certainly be incentive for crime increase. Very unfortunate, indeed.
- March 31, 2013 - 18:01
Lost one impaired driver already .Well hope the next time it's Kathy Dunderdale's FAMILY WHO IS AFFECTED BY AN IMPAIRED DRIVER.What goes around comes around .Maybe her big way's of thinkin' will change .Hope bad luck follow's her wherever she goes,for NOT PUTTING the PEOPLE OF NEWFOUNDLAND FIRST .
- March 31, 2013 - 15:47
With the justice system taking such a hit with the newly announced cut backs across the board, does this mean that we are only a step away from passing the gavel and the cell keys over to the criminals? Looks that way to me! The courts are full every day of the week, no reductions there! One only has to check the court dockets and read page after page of names appearing before court. It's like a revolving door at the courtrooms. Minister King cites the fall in numbers of youth housed at Whitbourne and the cost of having a Family Violence Court as examples to explain such cuts. Maybe the savings here should be used to improve the areas of the justice system that is badly lacking in funds while still maintaining the youth and family courts on a more sustainable level. Here's my question.....with all of the cutbacks that are coming because of cost verses use, wouldn't it be wise to scrap the building of the new courthouse and use that valuable land on Lemarchant Rd to construct seniors cottages for some of us who soon won't be able to live in our homes because of cost. I don't see the government doing anything for us. We need affordable housing built now. What is the government waiting for? Since time is on their side and not the senior I suspect that's the answer!
- easter bunny rules
- March 31, 2013 - 15:03
tell us what you think Mr. Businessman. you seem to love all the other cuts made by this government. this is not gonna end well unless people are allowed to arm themselves to protect themselves. "the right to protect"
- Whaddaya At
- March 31, 2013 - 14:54
Darin King and Tom Marshall 'don't see a problem' with the cuts in the Dept. of Justice ?. Reminds me of the Monty Python skit where Sir Galahad has his arms and legs cut off by the Black Knight , who then tells Galahad, 'you're mortally wounded' , and Galahad replies, 'no I'm not, it's only a flesh wound '. The Prov. Gov't. has seriously underestimated the consequences of what it has done. The Sheriff's Office in St. John's has lost half its staff, from 42 Officers down to 21, and Darin King says safety will still be a priority in court ?. No, Mr. King, this is a mortal wound, not a flesh wound.
- John Doe public employee
- March 31, 2013 - 14:53
Thank goodness someone has had some common decency. The cuts being carried out by the current administration is the equivalent of deciding to sell your house because you can't afford it and buying a new Ferrari instead. It shows a complete lack of future planning. On top of that it insults the intelligence of the general public. Want to save money? Cut Muskrat Falls! It is of no real value anyway! Cut pensions for ministers in government! Who the hell else gets a pension after 4 years of service!? Cut paychecks for ministers! Why, yet again, do the public sit idly by while government members fill their own pockets and John and Jane Doe take the hit. It is, after all, OUR money that this government is so carelessly toying with. People of Newfoundland Labrador, it's time to have your say. Stand up, be counted and show these yahoos that we do have a voice. We do have a say. And what they are doing is not just immoral but just plain idiotic!
- March 31, 2013 - 14:04
Another fallout from the arrogance by Kennedy and Dunderdale. Can't wait for next election.
- Stephen D Redgrave
- March 31, 2013 - 13:40
I am swelling with pride towards the prosecutor whom has taken powerful stand for our Canadian Constitution by quitting her job in protest of recent cuts to her department. She is without doubt one of the Newfoundlanders we can all be proud of. I have never seen such narrow minded, tunnel visioned decision making in my entire life. We need our Sheriffs back along with each and every prosecutor who's been cut , or soon to be cut, not to mention other vital justice programs and personnel.. For God sake....where are the visionaries in Newfoundland? Enough playing games with the citizens of our province. This latest bull headed budget cut will back fire.
- March 31, 2013 - 13:09
It's not to many people who can jump up and say I,m quiting my job because she can,t only work a half ass job,but when you had worked as long she has well she can jump up and leave with a pension safely.Now take a look at the person who don,t have a pension or only worked at their job 9- 10 years think they walk out their door and say I quit.No pity from me lady you got your pension.
- Laura Park
- March 31, 2013 - 12:44
I believe these cuts to Justice and many of the other departments are a huge mistake. Tax payers will be giving the Cathy and her team their pink slips!
- Lamer Inquiry Part Two
- March 31, 2013 - 12:08
Only 1 question really needs to be answered by Minister King. Are there less Crowns now then when the Lamer Inquiry was completed in 2006... If the answer to that question is Yes (which I believe it is), then these cuts are completely unacceptable. Do the right thing here Minister King, as well as Minister Marshall and especially Minister Kennedy (who I would point out got very wealthy and respected from the Lamer Inquiry) and restore the funding to the Crown office before it is too late.
- Concerned Citizen
- March 31, 2013 - 11:55
Just last week while providing $1 Million dollars for a new RNC/RCMP joint task force Justice Minister King stood smiling at the press conference in Paradise and stated "The province is evolving, and with that, crime is becoming more complex and sophisticated." This man then has the gall and short-sightedness to GUT the Crown Attorney's office. 4 Crowns laid off and another 4 permanent positions not filled. Not to mention laying off administrative staff in the office. Shameful cuts that defy logic in every way. This has another Judicial Inquiry written all over it. And Minister Marshall - you are open to suggestions if there are additional complex cases and extra resources are needed!!!!! I am willing to bet that at no time in our Provinces history has there been more murder trials ongoing at the same time, not to mention huge fraud cases (Myles Leger and Hickman Equipment are both in court now off the top of my head) - both of which if the Crown was asked I am sure would tell you you could fill a room with the paperwork. How can you justify these cuts (and with a straight-face at that) at a time when serious, violent crime is at an all time high.
- March 31, 2013 - 11:37
A lawyer has to work overtime and on weekends?!? This is unheard of and she's likely the only lawyer to encounter this in her career. She should seek a position with a private firm so she can be fully compensated in the unlikely event she has to work more than 37.5 hours in any week.
- March 31, 2013 - 11:31
Govt. just pledged a million dollars for a drug and crime task force- who's going to prosecute the plethora of new cases generated from such a presumably-successful task force? One step forward, three steps back. Does anything this govt. does make any sense? This is very disturbing. With policy contradictions this blatant, is it any wonder the public has lost confidence in the Dunderdale govt?
- Corporate Psycho
- March 31, 2013 - 11:16
Good times to be a criminal.
- Neil kelly
- March 31, 2013 - 11:09
I guess minister Kennedy is goimg to make sure that there will be noone left to prosecute or escort his clients when he returns to private law practice after he gets booted out in the next election! Promising a 21 milion dollar recreation facility to the people in his electorial district won't safe him. I think there should be a call for an election if the Government is so confident that this budget reflects what is best for our province! Let's let the people decide!
- March 31, 2013 - 10:58
Well now, I guess this is all good news to the petty and not so petty criminals out there..guess you're going for their vote.. Are we the public expected to take care of ourselves? And what about the police? Are they to work extra hard so that they can join in a catch and release program? A have not province has more then we do...So Disgusting.
- March 31, 2013 - 10:51
More innocent people to be locked up
- March 31, 2013 - 10:42
There has to be someone or some people that can do something about this. I respect the fact that this prosecutor does not want their name published, but for the sake of the province and the safety of the citizens, that person should speak out more. This is insane. 1200 jobs (generous) lost at an average salary of $50,000 a year (again probably generous) = $60,000,000 in one year. How much will be paid back out in EI claims though. How do you start a "bring back Danny" campaign?? Go home Kathy Dunderdale and please stay there. This is a very sad and upsetting article.