Prosecutor quitting after budget cuts leaves Crown’s office with low numbers

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Hours after her office was gutted by the provincial budget, at least one Crown prosecutor has decided it’s case closed — for good.

“I’m leaving,” said the woman, who didn’t want to be identified.

“I would love to stay. I love this work, but I’m not prepared to do it half-assed, and with the (low numbers of) prosecutors we’re left with, that’s exactly what would happen.”

On Tuesday, close to 1,200 jobs in government were slashed. Among them were at least four Crown attorney positions.

While it may not seem like a big number, it is when you consider that in March 2012, the office was at 25 prosecutors. One year later, it’s down to 16.

“I don’t think the public has any idea what this is going to do,” said the woman, who has been with the Justice Department for more than two decades.

“It’s a recipe for disaster.”

With each Crown attorney having between 100 and 150 cases, she said the heavy workload will impact prosecutors’ ability to handle cases.

“It’s crisis management,” she said.

“We’ve already lost one impaired driving case. It got dismissed because nobody was there to prosecute it.”

While exact numbers won’t be known until next week, in terms of job losses, the Justice Department was undeniably the hardest hit by the budget cuts — losing nearly three times as many people as any other department.

The sheriff’s office in St. John’s lost half of its staff (down to 21 sheriff’s officers from 42).

The Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission was also on the chopping block, with its budget slashed significantly. Director John Duggan said the board will meet next week to figure out where the cuts will come.

Government has confirmed the St. John’s Family Violence Intervention Court — a pilot project that has operated since March 2009 — will be eliminated.

Layoffs were also made in other departments, including the probation office, victim services, youth corrections and court administration.

In a time when the public is crying out for the prosecution of criminals, the news of the cuts in the Crown’s office was devastating.

One prosecutor had already quit before the budget was tabled, stating she felt overworked and overwhelmed by the heavy workload.

The woman who plans to announce her departure next week said each Crown prosecutor has several complicated cases and is expected to work several hours outside their normal working hours.

“Prosecutors work many, many hours and are not compensated in any way, shape or form,” she said.

She said she’s worked almost every weekend this year, “and that’s all on my own time. I don’t get any compensation for it. But we do it because the work matters to us.”

She believes public safety will be compromised by Crown cuts. She said there will soon come a point when many crimes, like shoplifting and traffic violations, will not be able to be prosecuted due to the shortage of staff.

“We’re going to have to prioritize,” she said. “We’re going to have to tell people you’re going to have to (deal with things) yourself.

“Small businesses, you’ve had your store broken into? Sorry, we’re only doing violence offences.”

She added that cases that are dealt with in court will take much longer to go through the system. Those accused of crimes can expect to wait months longer for a trial, she said — that just a few years after a task force was formed to focus on improving efficiencies in court.

She fears with so few prosecutors, it will lead to wrongful acquittals.

“They spent millions on the Lamer Inquiry,” she said, referring to the inquiry that probed wrongful convictions in the province in the 1990s. “So, in five years time, are we going to have another inquiry?

“Things are worse now than what they were in the 1990s.”

When the issue of Crown cuts was brought up to Attorney General Tom Marshall by reporters outside the House of Assembly Thursday, he said he’s confident the office will continue to provide an effective service to the public.

“We’re sure that the public prosecutions system will carry on. … Most lawyers carry a lot of cases,” said Marshall, who pointed out he practised law for 30 years.

“The reduction in bodies … obviously, it will cause some challenges, but I’ve got confidence they can handle the case load.”

Justice Minister Darin King agreed.

“I don’t see a problem. I have every confidence in the decisions we’ve made,” he said.

“We’ve looked at the case loads of all employees in the Department of Justice, we explored opportunities where we, in discussion with our supervisors, felt we could make some changes and still continue to provide a high level of service.

“If we didn’t feel we could do that, we would not have brought forward the changes we brought forward.”

He said he understand the frustration of people who were affected by the layoffs, but added government took the opportunity to find alternate ways to deliver services.

Despite the losses, King said government’s mandate of ensuring public safety is still the focus.

“Safe communities and protecting people in areas where people violate the law, we will prosecute to the fullest extent possible,” King  said.

As part of that, he said, government has given a financial boost to policing in the province.

Earlier this month, government announced a $1-million investment to police forces. The money will go towards creating a new task force on Child Exploitation and Drugs, a joint effort between the RCMP and RNC, to help fight child exploitation, illegal drugs and organized crime.

However, the prosecutor who plans to quit said investing in policing doesn’t go far enough if criminals aren’t prosecuted.

“The way the criminal justice system works, it makes no sense to hire hundreds of police officers and not have the Crown prosecutors to go to court (to prosecute them),” she said.

“The criminal justice system is a chain and every link in the chain matters.

“You need to have police officers, but you also need to have prosecutors, sheriff’s officers, you need to have probation officers to supervise them when they’re in the community. And you need to have (legal aid) defence lawyers.

“It’s very dangerous. It’s a much more dangerous time in Newfoundland post-budget than pre-budget.”

She also believes cutting the Family Violence Intervention Court is a huge mistake.

“That going away, that is just such a devastating blow,” she said. “There are women killed or seriously hurt by violent partners in this province.

“We were making really good progress with that court. We were doing really important work there.”

However, King told reporters that it was cut due to the low numbers of people availing of the full program.

Last year, the budget for the Family Violence Intervention Court was close to $500,000. In all, he said, 10 people availed of the full program.

“There comes a point in time, from government’s perspective when you have to decide whether that’s an effective way to deliver services and supports to those who are impacted by family violence, and we don’t believe it is.

“We don’t believe that for the number of participants, that’s a wise use of the money,” he said. “So, we’ve decided we won’t continue with the pilot.”

He said government will continue to support those who have been affected by family violence and said services are available through police and victim services.

Low numbers at the youth correctional facility in Whitbourne was also the reason for the cut there. King said 10 years ago, an average of 45 to 50 youth were remanded at that centre. Currently, there are nine.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you don’t need the same staff compliment for nine youth than you do to serve 45 to 50,” King said.

As for the cuts in the sheriff’s office, King said safety will still be a priority in court.

“We’ve been reassured that with some of the new technologies implemented at the courthouse, along with the way we’re able to arrange staffing on a go-forward basis that safety will not be an issue and if we have to reassign or use a different model of staffing, then we’ll certainly do that,” King said.

King and Marshall said they will closely monitor things and resource requirements and will respond if need be.

Marshall said, in the Crown’s office, if situations arise where, for example, there are additional complex cases and extra resources are needed, he is open to suggestions.

“My door is always open,” he said.

King is encouraging people to wait and see how things play out.

“It’s very early in the process. Let’s let the system settle out a bit. Let’s give it a bit of time. The budget was delivered Tuesday. This is Thursday. It hasn’t been 48 hours and the full impact is not known yet and won’t be known for quite some time …,” he said.

“It’s really a little bit too early to pass judgment on what the lay of the land will be.

“So give it a couple of weeks and we’ll have a better picture.”

But for the prosecutor leaving the Crown’s office, it’s already too late.

She said she knows what the impact will be and she’s had enough.

“The slash and burn approach has already put public safety at risk,” she said.

“Waiting for the dust to settle increases that risk.”

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Department of Justice, Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission, RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Whitbourne

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  • EDfromRED
    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?

  • Richard
    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.

  • tom
    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.

  • Blair
    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
    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.

  • Petertwo
    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.

  • picky
    April 01, 2013 - 05:39

    King must be living in a dream world !!!

  • chris
    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.

  • Jimmy
    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?

  • EDfromRED
    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.

    • aj
      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.

  • Seniorlady
    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!

  • HSLAW
    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

  • Alex
    March 31, 2013 - 21:28

    My God what have we come to. I am ashamed of where we are and we we are headed.

  • mainlander
    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.

  • Crazy
    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.

  • Mike
    March 31, 2013 - 18:51

    This budget will certainly be incentive for crime increase. Very unfortunate, indeed.

  • Kim
    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 .

  • Seniorlady
    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!

  • Darren
    March 31, 2013 - 14:04

    Another fallout from the arrogance by Kennedy and Dunderdale. Can't wait for next election.

  • Stephen D Redgrave
    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.

  • Dee
    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.

  • Adam
    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.

  • wavy
    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!

  • Jean
    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.

  • saelcove
    March 31, 2013 - 10:51

    More innocent people to be locked up

  • Jeff
    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.