POLITICS

Alberta's Wildrose party promises crackdown on offenders, more aid for victims

07/17/2014 02:44 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON - Alberta's Opposition Wildrose party is promising to increase monitoring of violent criminals and deliver more help to victims of crime.

Wildrose legal affairs critic Shayne Saskiw (SASS'-cue) made the announcement as part of the party's revamped rollout of policies ahead of an election that could come as late as 2016.

Saskiw says a Wildrose government would implement a victim's bill of rights, and expand GPS tracking of pedophiles and other dangerous offenders.

He says they will create five dedicated checkstop teams to crack down on those who drive over the .08 blood-alcohol limit.

But he says the party will repeal the law against those who drive over .05, saying they've heard from frontline staff it is unnecessary and a poor use of scarce resources.

He says they would also put money into the cash-strapped legal aid program to keep it running while striking a task force to find solutions to its underfunding.