The Nova Scotia Conservatives are planning to make parents pay for some of their children's crimes.

Premier Rodney MacDonald says parents could be liable for damages if their kids commit theft or property offences.

At an election campaign news conference today, MacDonald said the move
is part of the Conservative plan to help victims of crime.

He says many people are frustrated by what they see as relatively light punishment for youthful offenders.


The premier adds that the new law would recognize certain
parental defences, including making reasonable efforts to prevent their
children's crimes.

MacDonald's proposal comes one day after he called for a curfew
for everyone under the age of 16 in another effort to curb crime.