When our government was elected four years ago, we made a promise to fix the problematic elements of the previous government’s Bill C-51 and ensure Canada’s national security framework provides adequate safeguards against abuse and respects the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I was honoured to be named Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which was tasked with delivering on this important work. During my time as Chair, the committee studied Canada’s entire National Security Framework to inform our legislative recommendations. In addition, I heard from many individuals and groups across Don Valley West about the importance of maintaining both our security and protecting human rights.After two years of work on the committee, in May 2017, I was very proud to table the committee’s 9th report, addressing the former Bill C-51. The report, titled Protecting Canadians and their Rights: A New Road Map for Canada’s National Security, laid out 41 recommendations to modernize and change Bill C-51.
In addition to legislative recommendations, my work as chair of The Committee on Public Safety and National Security involved conducting studies on both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) among Canada’s first responders. Each study provided valuable information on ways the government can support Canadians who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe.
Here in Don Valley West, we have hundreds of courageous individuals who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. I would personally like to thank them for their tremendous service.
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