Tory get-tough tactics amount to downloading?

Is the Conservative government in Ottawa downloading the social costs of misguided crime and justice policies onto local governments? That’s the intriguing question posed by a prominent critic of Tory tough-on-crime tactics. In the political context, downloading typically refers to the practice of a provincial or territorial government dumping responsibility and costs onto municipalities for services that were provided by the upper tier of government. Craig Jones, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, believes local governments across the country face an onerous download that most likely don’t see coming.

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