Minister flags ‘creative’ plan for repeat offenders after being called soft on crime

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s Attorney General David Eby says he is poised to announce a “creative” plan to help tackle repeat offenders.

Eby, who has been labelled soft on crime by Opposition B.C. Liberals in the legislature, says the plan is the result of meetings with concerned municipal leaders.

B.C.’s Urban Mayors’ Caucus wrote to Eby last month, saying communities are facing critical issues connected to criminal activity by offenders who are routinely arrested but often released.

The mayors, representing Vancouver, Victoria and other large B.C. centres, say police data shows most offences are committed by a number of highly active, prolific criminals.

Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth are expected to announce the details of B.C.’s crime plan on Thursday.

Eby says in an interview the plan will involve working with the mayors and other provincial authorities to address problems caused by a small group of people.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2022.


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