Criminal law experts dismissed Stelmach’s warning as “rhetoric” and part of a “disturbing” trend by politicians at all levels to deflect the blame on the important public issue.
Criminologist Doug King said Stelmach, like other politicians, is simply trying to pass the buck on the crime file because nobody wants to take responsibility for ensuring safe streets. …
“You can’t just pressure the Supreme Court of Canada. How do you do that?” wondered King, an instructor at Calgary’s Mount Royal College.
“It sounds to me like it’s deflecting (the blame) outside the province to find out why things aren’t going so well in Alberta in terms of gun and gang activity.”