WINNIPEG – Skyrocketing costs, dismal public perceptions and massive court backlogs are all reasons cited in a new report that gives Manitoba’s justice system the worst grade in Canada.
The MacDonald-Laurier Institute, a public policy think tank, gives us a ‘C’ grade.
That’s lowest amongst the provinces and puts us tied for last with Yukon.
Report co-author Ben Perrin tells 680 CJOB one of the big reasons is that criminal cases take longer to finish here than anywhere else in the country.
“The problem is that the court has now set benchmarks and is actually throwing out very serious cases like drug trafficking and child sex offences because of unreasonable delay,” says Perrin. “The costs of an inefficient system are going to be felt and it’s going to lead to some very serious questions about whether victims even bother to go to the police.”
Perrin says the report uses data from Stats Canada.
You can read the full report below.