Justin Trudeau’s refusal to hold violent, repeat offenders in prison is costing Canadians more than money.
Authorities in the northern Canadian province of Newfoundland have arrested an arsonist as wildfires continue to rip through the country.
An emergency shelter in the small town of Carmanville was allegedly set on fire by a resident on Sunday evening, according to local media.
There have been 97 forest fires in the province this year, according to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a sizable increase from 18 in the previous year.
This comes as wildfires rip through eastern and western Canada. While arson is not suspected in a majority of cases, at least some of the fires burning in the country were linked to criminals.
Toronto 99 reported on police reports that indicate arsonists have been at work across the country, adding to the damage and destruction of property and wildlife.
This comes as Conservative Party (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre is calling out the Liberal government for being soft on crime and letting violent, repeat offenders out on bail.
Poilievre has vowed to make it harder for these types of criminals to receive bail. While politicians do not control the court system in Canada, they can pass laws and put pressure on the judiciary.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that wildfires are ripping through the province of Newfoundland. There are no active forest fires in the province at the time of writing. The cover image has been removed to better reflect the contents of the article. Wildfires continue to burn in other parts of the country. Read more about our editorial standards.
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