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View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
National safety in my riding is a big, big issue. I have seven points of entry, Lake Memphremagog, militia training in the Appalaches, and two RCMP offices, so it's a very big thing. Because I don't have much time, I'll ask my question in French.
My question is for Mr. Portelance.
The budget indicates a decrease of $20 million resulting from the gradual elimination of funding for front-line operations. What impact will this decrease have on front-line operations? These small cuts here and there are really worrying RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency employees.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Has it been a while since you've been to the Beebe crossing in Stanstead? It's a little bit rustic and could really use some renovations.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Beebe is where you're in the United States on one side of the street, and in Canada on the other. It's unique.
Mr. Paulson, my question is for you.
There are two RCMP offices in my riding, one in Stanstead, which has just been renovated, and another on Bourque Boulevard in Sherbrooke, very close to my constituency office.
There have been budget cuts since 2013-14. Will one of the offices be affected by cuts to staff or resources, particularly the one for Stanstead, which operates along the border?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
You should also go visit these offices, Mr. Paulson.
Mr. Coulombe, do you know that there are training operations for foreign militias and even Canadian militias in the forest along the border and on Mount Pinnacle, not far from the municipality of Coaticook? Is any monitoring going on and what's happening with these operations? People in the surrounding villages are aware of it and are talking to me about it. What is going on with these activities?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Rathjen and Mr. Laganière, you are here because you are part of the prevention group, and prevention is nowhere mentioned in Bill C-42. You weren't even consulted. That's why you're here today, in fact.
According to you, what should be done in terms of screening and the mental health of people who wish to purchase a licence? You said that it was possible to buy firearms online. What are the repercussions of such a market? Bill C-42 says nothing about putting a stop to this kind of market. What are your thoughts?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Do I still have some time?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you all for being here today.
My question is for Mr. Morley, Mr. Chauvin or the other two witnesses.
Europe is currently being hit by a wave of immigration. That always seems to be a result of conflicts. If we consider the situation as a whole, conflict zones are often the cause of malnutrition and of all the problems that have been raised. There are more and more immigrants all around the world. Climate change is also to blame. Population displacements in certain parts of the world are expected.
What can a global leader like Canada do to identify areas that will be problematic in the future? Despite all the good things currently being done and the fact that the situation is improving in certain parts of the world, there are other places—such as Haiti—where not all the problems have yet been resolved. Problems are expected in some countries as a result of conflict zones and climate change. What can we as a country do to be a global leader in this regard?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much.
My first question is for Mr. Murdock.
Let's talk about the sharing of information. If there is a situation where police forces have to intervene, what will facilitate information-sharing? They need to know what type of firearm is involved or who might have firearms in their possession.
We know that information-sharing in such situations is extremely important. It has to be quick and fairly precise. What is in the bill that could facilitate exchanging information in emergencies? We even went through that during the October 22 tragedy. Indeed, the sharing of information among the various police forces was quite difficult. What does this bill contain that could facilitate information-sharing in a situation where several police services might intervene when there is an incident?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
For instance, in my riding, there are border crossings. The RCMP, the Sûreté du Québec and the Canada Border Services Agency may intervene if there is an incident close to the border. How would they go about exchanging information if they had to intervene and a belligerent person had a firearm in his possession? How do we know if that man owns a gun permit?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
There are seven border crossings in my area. Three or four of them are much busier during hunting season. Some people go to the Vermont mountains, others go the mountains on the Quebec side, and others head to our area, to Quebec. However, it seems that it is easier to cross from one side rather than the other.
How can Bill C-42 assure citizens that illegal firearms will not cross borders when border posts are busier, especially during hunting season?
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
I am talking about a situation where hunters, citizens, cross borders in one direction or the other. We are talking about the really busy times. We are not talking about imports.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
First of all, I want to thank all the witnesses, clerks, analysts, technical staff, interpreters and the support staff for the members of all parties. This has indeed been a very tough couple of weeks, and we have all gotten to know each other a little better. I have a great deal of respect for the government members. We must respect one another, even though we don't have the same ideologies.
I spent 25 years of my life working in the arts, where freedom of expression is what matters most. Whether on stage at a rock concert, in the theatre or at an art exhibit, freedom of expression was a fundamental part of my professional life before I was elected, and I still believe in that freedom of expression.
Everyone I have met over the past month has told me they are very concerned about the rights associated with freedom of association, expression and religion. I have also been an activist on behalf of student associations, unions and environmental groups. I have stood alongside first nations members as they asserted their rights. All of those people feel as though those rights are becoming more and more fragile. The NDP will continue to be very vigilant when it comes to those rights.
For the past four years, in other words, since I was elected, I have been meeting people who are concerned about safety. There are seven border crossings in my riding. For the past few months, especially since the attacks, border services officers and the RCMP, as well as soldiers and staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, have all been telling me that they need financial, human and technological resources. They can't even fight street gangs and organized crime groups, and now they are also expected to fight international terrorist organizations, so they need resources. That is what matters most to them. However, with the cuts that have been made in recent years, it is impossible for them to keep up.
Yes, my primary concern has to do with our freedoms, but those people are working incredibly hard to protect us every day, and the more we need them, the more resources they need. My party and I will continue to fight to ensure that Canadians have police forces that have the resources they need to do their jobs, no matter what party is in power. Those people accept the duty they must carry out, but they need resources to do so.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much.
View Jean Rousseau Profile
NDP (QC)
I want to thank you for joining us and to let you know that it's an honour to hear from you, Ms. Nawaz.
It's really enlightening to hear you talk about family, social and environmental values shared by so many Canadians from coast to coast to coast. That's a perfect example of the multicultural Canada that many political, economic and cultural stakeholders have been dreaming of for decades.
We have heard from a number of witnesses since the attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and here, on Parliament Hill. One of the key points raised was that radicalization had to be countered. It does appear that combatting radicalization is crucial to eradicating many of the problems associated with certain individuals.
You are a leader in your community. What is the current situation in your Muslim community in Saskatchewan? What tools do you need to help your community combat radicalization?
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