On Tuesday, the focus was on serious drug offenders. Although
Mr. Nicholson offered an unusually sympathetic message for those
who resort to non-violent crime to support drug habits, he urged
strong action against major producers and dealers and drug
peddlers whose clientele includes young people.
"For too long,
Canadians have been getting mixed messages about drugs," Mr.
Nicholson told reporters. "With today's bill, we are saying that
serious drug crimes will mean serious jail times."
And Thursday's agenda will include the introduction of laws
aimed at curbing identity theft.
Non of these bills are done deals however, since Mr.
Nicholson and his minority government needs the support of at
least one party to pass legislation. So far his fixes are being
met with mixed reaction.
But is there any evidence strict laws actually deter crime?
Is increased incarceration the best way to keep youth from
re-offending? Is more strict jail time going to get drug dealers
off the streets?
The Globe and Mail is pleased to have Simon Fraser
criminologist Neil Boyd online to answer your questions on crime
Submit your question here and return Friday at noon
EST to read Prof. Boyd's answers.
Neil Boyd is a professor and Associate Director of the School
of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He was educated in
psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at
Osgoode Hall Law School and is a previous director of the School
Prof. Boyd is also the author of five books: Big Sister: How
Extreme Feminism Has Betrayed the Fight for Sexual Equality; The
Beast Within: Why Men Are Violent; High Society: Legal and
Illegal Drugs in Canada; Gently into the Night: Aggression in
Long Term Care; and The Last Dance: Murder in Canada. He has
also written two textbooks, The Social Dimensions of Law, and
Canadian Law: An Introduction.
Prof. Boyd has also written articles about drug markets,
heroin treatment initiatives, injectable drug use, responding to
the threats posed by homicide offenders, and the linkage between
drug use and homicide.