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Crime is "out of control" in BC: Attorney General

Attorney General Wally Oppal described crime in British Columbia as “out of control” as he and Solicitor General John van Dongen prepared to leave today for meetings in Ottawa.

The visit to Canada's capital comes on a day when Prime Minister Stephen Harper is coming to Vancouver to announce new anti-gang crime measures.

Oppal said that besides Conservative ministers, he and van Dongen will meet with members of the Bloc Quebecois, Liberal and NDP parties.

“We're going to tell them that our public here is fed up with gang violence, that crime has really been out of control,” he said. Several recent shootings have particularly concerned the public, he said.

“This is an urgent matter. They have to set aside their political differences and work towards the public good.”

Both the NDP and Liberal parties have responded to public fear and anxiety by talking tough on crime.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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