Yesterday MP Shelly Glover demonstrated just why she's usually not asked by the Conservative Party to do interviews.
On CBC's Power & Politics Conservative MP Shelly Glover made some comments that don't necessarily make her appear to be the most intelligent of our Members of Parliament (video below).
Shelly Glover when put on the spot, confronted with report after report criticizing the fact that her Conservative government is dramatically increasing spending on prisons while the crime rate is going down responded by taking the more unusual path of making some less than intelligent statements.
In response to CBC host Evan Solomon referencing multiple reports, including those from Statistics Canada, suggesting the government is exponentially increasing spending on prisons while the crime rate has actually fallen, Shelly Glover said, "I have to disagree with some of the numbers you are presenting Evan, numbers can be skewed any which way you want depending on who is doing it." Ignoring the fact those numbers were independently gathered by Stats Canada, Glover went on seconds later to say crime is actually increasing basing that opinion solely on the fact 92% of sex crimes go unreported. Now besides questioning the source of that number, the irony of using that statistic is lost on Shelly Glover, unless of course she doesn't think 92% is a number.
The MPs questionable statements do not end there, in another defensive maneuver to change the topic, Shelly Glover suggested the Liberals have ulterior motives for bringing up the fact the government is increasing spending on jails while the crime rate has decreased. She said,
"Let's not forget, the Liberals have an interest here, because predominately prison inmates vote Liberal during elections, cops vote Conservative. There is a clear interest for the prisoners to be voting for soft on crime legislation that the Liberals put forward."Now besides the blind partisanship displayed, Shelly Glover in suggesting the Liberal Party is actually planning it's criminal platform around the possiblity of attracting prisoner votes is ignorant.
First it is irresponsible for this representative to suggest Liberals are putting votes ahead of public safety. Second there are only approximately 36,000 prisoners who are eligible to vote in elections and very few actually do, to claim the Liberals are tailoring policy for such a small despersed segment of the population is just irrational.
In this panel discussion, MP Shelly Glover has really lowered intelligent discourse in Canada.