The head of the Calgary Police Association says that more officers would solve more crimes.
Whoa. Slow down, Einstein.
But let us redeem that banality by using it as a pretext to observe an intriguing fact about the reality of Canadian crime. For too, tediously long, the West (i.e. Alberta) has worn like a dollar-store tiara the fanciful perception of itself as a disciplined, law-abiding land of God-fearing, upright folks who can only stand aghast at the havoc being wreaked upon the nation's moral fabric by the relativist, hug-a-thug policies of the decadent Eastern élite. The "Conservative" Party presumably expects those of us languishing in the benighted cesspools of Quebec and Ontario to thank Astarte and Baal that the "Alberta Solution" to crime has swept into Ottawa like a divine wind.
I have a better idea: let us be absolutely clear about which Canadian regions exhibit the strongest criminal proclivities. Data from 2006 (the latest available) tell us some fascinating things. Firstly, overall crime rates were highest, by far, in the West and were lowest in Ontario and Quebec. Secondly, urban homicide rates were highest in Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton and were lowest in the major Eastern cities. Overall, Quebec (liberal, decadent, relativist Quebec!) had one of the lowest rates of homicide in the country.
Note to Stephen Harper: we decadent, "commie" Easterners clearly do not need the "Alberta Solution" to crime. You Westerners, though, would do well to look into the "Eastern Solution" (if ever you tire of shooting and stabbing each other, naturally). If you ask us nicely, we'll be only too happy to help. After all, you are (despite what you like to think), fellow Canadians.