"Murder rate plunges to 30-year low"

29 September, 2004

OTTAWA (CP) - The national homicide rate dropped to its lowest level in more than 30 years last year, says Statistics Canada.

The rate, which has generally been declining since the mid-1970s, fell by seven per cent, to 1.73 victims per 100,000 population, the agency said Wednesday.

Canada 's rate was about one-third the 5.69 per 100,000 people in the United States . It was also lower than England and Wales at 1.93, but slightly higher than France at 1.65 and Australia at 1.63.

Police reported 548 homicides in 2003, 34 fewer than in 2002.

Fifty fewer females were killed compared with 2002.

"At the same time, there were 16 more male victims," the agency said. "Men accounted for 72 per cent of all victims in 2003."

Homicide is classified in the Criminal Code of Canada as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or infanticide. "Deaths caused by criminal negligence, suicide, and accidental or justifiable homicide are not included."

The national decline was driven by 33 fewer homicides in British Columbia , 18 fewer in Quebec and seven fewer in Alberta .

  "Both Quebec and Nova Scotia reported their lowest homicide rates since the 1960s," Statistics Canada said.

In contrast, Saskatchewan had 14 more homicides and Manitoba seven.

"Police reported that one in every seven homicides in 2003 involved organized crime or street gangs. There were 84 victims of gang-related homicide, . . . 45 per cent of which occurred in Ontario ."

The agency also found that:

-Homicides committed by strangers reached a 25-year low.

-Most homicides were committed by someone the victim knew.

-The spousal homicide rate declined by eight per cent, with six fewer spouses killed.

-Sixty-four men killed their wives; 14 women killed their husbands.

-Homicides committed by boyfriends, girlfriends and current or estranged partners dropped to 11 from 17 in 2002.

-Fifty-seven youths aged 12 to 17 years were accused of homicide in 2003, 15 more than in 2002 and eight more than the previous 10-year average.

-Thirty-three homicides were committed against children under the age of 12 in 2003, the lowest number in more than 25 years. Fourteen were under one year of age.

"Of the 27 solved homicides against children, 23 were killed by a parent: nine by a father, four by a step-father, 10 by a mother and one by a step-mother. In addition, two children were killed by their day-care provider and two by a stranger."

Notice that even with the habitual tendency of the Courts to convict mothers who murder their own children of crimes falling beneath this given definition of homicide, natural fathers accounted for only one third of all child murderers.

Couple this with similar reluctance of Police to lay charges against - and the Courts to convict - females of "domestic violence" crimes and the on-going state-sanctioned and sponsored effort to demonize all males and especially fathers can only reasonably be seen as a deliberate campaign which to panders to radical anti-family elements by undermining families by wrongfully promoting and fueling contrived animosity between the sexes.

Come December, take a pro-family stance by refusing a government subsidized and encouraged "white ribbon" and stating that you oppose all societal violence - particularly crimes against children - committed by anyone irrespective of gender. - G.   

Copyright 2004, CANOE, a division of Netgraphe Inc.





Gord's Comments

In view of the most recent statistics compiled by its own agency, how can Canada's Liberal Government any longer logically or morally justify its ever increasing public funding of extremist radical feminist groups and related wasteful spending on alleged anti "domestic violence" programs and policies promoting their disingenuous and self-serving agenda? 
Bottom line: societal violence is decreasing and never was a gender-based issue.