Peter Van Loan in Vancouver today. Canada’s public safety minister is calling on the Opposition to stop preventing his government’s efforts to get tough on gang-related crime. “What we really need is for the people of British Columbia and Canadians to send a clear message to other parties that the time has come to rebalance our justice system and support our agenda on tackling violent crime,” Conservative MP Peter Van Loan told a news conference in Langley, B.C. “I’m not trying to cast blame, I’m trying to get everybody to work together,” he said.

Canadian Press, back in SeptemberWhen Prime Minister Stephen Harper rolled out his party’s criminal justice platform Monday, he repeated an assertion that has become an article of faith among hard-core Conservative partisans. The opposition, led by the Liberal party, obstructed and delayed every major piece of Conservative criminal justice reform over his first term in office, Harper claimed … But the Conservative version of events does not jibe with reality.

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