I am writing to clarify statements made by Dave Blottner in his recent letter to the editor (Focus On Crime Prevention, Not Punishment, March 26). While I agree
the federal government is correct in imposing greater penalties on repeat violent young offenders, it is important to note that the government is also making efforts to prevent crime through the National Crime Prevention Strategy.
Here in Whitehorse, Senator Dan Lang recently announced funding of more than $2.4 million to support the Northern Cultural Expressions Society’s Cultural Resilience project, which will work with at-risk youth in the Yukon. By working with youth and families, this project will help young people avoid involvement in criminal activity.
By providing funding support to projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime, the federal government is doing exactly what Blottner asks it to do. I hope he will congratulate the government for making crime prevention investments in Yukon.
Darrell Pasloski, candidate of record
Yukon Conservative Association