Musings —02.13.2017 09:14 AM—
The statistics show that from 2003 to 2015 — a period that saw six different premiers — Alberta sheriffs recorded a total of 55 security incidents involving the premier.
Nineteen of those came in the last half of 2015, which happened to be Premier Rachel Notley’s first months in office. At least three of those incidents required police intervention.
Then in 2016, protection services changed its process of reviewing and monitoring security threats, in part to include more surveillance of social media. That year, there were 412 reported incidents involving Notley, 26 of which were forwarded to police as they were deemed to have approached a criminal threshold.
In the women-hating Trump era, these types of incidents are almost certainly going to get more numerous and more serious, everywhere. It’s important, therefore, that the Crown and police agencies aggressively investigate and prosecute each and every one of these threats.
Protection is one principle of sentencing that is important here. But so, too, are deterrence and denunciation. Canadian society needs to collectively and clearly express its revulsion with these pathetic little men.
And, once we successfully prosecute them, lock them up.