Your right, it had gone down before as well. Using the data (full years in power for PM):By your attached graph, it has been steadily dropping since 1998, so back to Chretien. I'm sure criminologists have all sorts of views on what impacts crime rates, such as employment, the economy, etc. I tend to take the probably overly simplistic view that it is largely cyclic over the long term.
- Overall Crime Severity Index down 2.5 points under Chretien, down 4.1 points under Harper, and up 1.5 points under Trudeau.
- For Violent Crime Severity Index down 0.1 points under Chretien, down 3.7 points under Harper, and up 2.4 points under Trudeau.