Critics of the Harper government's omnibus crime bill have been out in full force this week complaining about the potential costs of the new legislation.
No one, not even the government, appears to have a firm grip on how much the crime measures will cost.
Prison expansion, new corrections officers and additional court resources will certainly come with a hefty price tag - some peg the total cost at $3 billion over five years.
But that's only half the story.
What most pundits and opposition MPs aren't talking about is the potential long-term savings resulting from this bill.
In a column for the Winnipeg Sun, Tim Brodbeck stated the crime bill could actually save taxpayers a lot of money.
"The soft-on-crime crowd, including the opposition, say they don't like the bill because it will result in more criminals in jail and a greater burden for taxpayers to build more prison capacity," he wrote.
"But the funny thing is, they never demand to know how much taxpayers will save when moreRead More »from Harper government’s crime bill could actually save taxpayers money