Is Ottawa fudging crime numbers?

Is the federal government fudging numbers to justify its gang violence crackdown? A website serving Asian markets has a story about the proposals announced this week in response to gang violence in British Columbia. Asiaone says:

There are an estimated 900 organized criminal groups operating in Canada, accounting for 20 per cent of homicides in the country, according to the Justice Department, which said the number of slayings is on the rise.

The number of slayings is on the rise? Canada’s murder rate has declined 40% since the mid 1970s, from 3.0 to 1.8 [StatsCan report]. Maybe it’s new math.