04/04/2012 10:51 EDT | Updated 06/04/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. 'Holding Out' On Crime Bill Costs


The B.C. NDP says it's time the Christy Clark government told British Columbians what it will cost to implement Bill C-10, the new federal crime legislation.

The government has released more than 300 pages of internal documents about the new legislation.

There are many references to the potential cost of housing more prisoners for longer periods.

But virtually all figures have been deleted from the documents. One section, titled “Predicted costs to date,” is entirely blank.

NDP public safety critic Kathy Corrigan says it's ridiculous that taxpayers are being kept in the dark

“They have a right to know, they are the taxpayers,” Corrigan said.

“Even if they're estimates at this point, the B.C. government has been holding out for months and months on what the costs are going to be for taxpayers and it's time that they came clean.”

The government says sections were withheld because they include policy advice, cabinet confidences or information harmful to intergovernmental relations.

Attorney General Shirley Bond said her ministry is still working to come up with an accurate estimate of costs and it would be irresponsible to guess at the numbers.

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