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Hsu gets technical in question on prison policy

Liberal science critic Ted Hsu has queried the evidence behind the Canadian government’s prison policy, submitting a question filled with mathematical formulae.

Hsu, a physicist, questioned the government’s claim that the practice of “double bunking” had not led to an increase in prison violence. His multi-part question helpfully includes the formulae needed to accurately tease out whether a rise in violence is correlated with overcrowding and double bunking, or simply due to a rising prison population. He also asks for the results to be presented in a graph, plotted with a linear regression line. The government is required to provide and answer within 45 days.

He says the clerk of the House of Commons told him it was the first time the mathematical symbol ∑ had ever been included in a question.

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