Landry: Liberal candidate’s comments unacceptable

September 27, 2013

(New Glasgow, N.S.) NDP Justice Minister Ross Landry says comments made by Liberal candidate Tim Harris at a recent debate in Chester – St. Margaret’s are unacceptable.

On Thursday, September 27 Harris was asked by a high school student how the Liberals would address youth crime. His answer – “We’ll throw them all in jail.”


Landry says that’s the wrong thing to say, especially in front of a group of students.

“Youth crime is a serious issue that requires a serious discussion. A flippant answer just doesn’t cut it. It’s an issue the NDP has worked hard to combat. We put in place legislation to combat cyber-bullying and Nova Scotia is a leader when it comes to restorative justice programming.”

Landry says someone who is running for public office also needs to set a better example for youth.

“This student asked him the question because he felt it was important. Mr. Harris should have taken to time to engage the student, not brush him off.”

Landry added kids make mistakes. In many cases throwing them in jail is just the wrong thing to do.

“As a RCMP officer much of the crime I saw relating to youth involved substance abuse, difficulties at home, or underlying mental health issues. There are exceptions of course, but when it comes to youth crime the best course of action is to try and get the young person the help they need.”

Landry is asking if Liberal leader Stephen McNeil shares Tim Harris’s opinion. If he does not, Landry hopes McNeil will take the appropriate action against his candidate.