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Meeting with the Canadian Convenience Store Association

Posted on September 16, 2014

Had a great meeting with Malpeque convenience store owner, Ramona Roberts with the Canadian Convenience Store Association this morning. Great to have another Islander in Ottawa!

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Notice of Motion – Urgent Study of Canadians Involved with Terrorist Entities Abroad, Including ISIS

Posted on September 5, 2014

Hon. Steven Blaney Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

September 5, 2014

Dear Minister: I am forwarding, for your consideration, a copy of a motion I tabled with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (Public Safety Committee) on August 27, 2014. The motion addresses the issue of Canadians who have become active abroad with various listed and identified terrorist organizations.

With this letter, I am seeking your support for the Public Safety Committee to conduct – on an urgent basis – hearings on this critically important issue, as it is a matter of national security. By way of context for this motion, I would point to the 2014 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada released by your office on August 29, 2014. At page 11 of the report indicates the following:

“Though the numbers fluctuate, as of early 2014 the Government knew of more than 130 individuals with Canadian connections who were abroad and who were suspected of supporting terrorism-related activities of various groups.”

Also of relevance is the indication on page 14 that “The Government is aware of about 80 individuals who have returned to Canada after travel abroad for a variety of suspected terrorism-related purposes.” I believe that Parliament and Canadians, through the Public Safety Committee, should have the opportunity to hear from the Minister of Public Security and the heads of our national security agencies, among perhaps others, about the measures being developed and implemented to respond to what would appear to be a growing threat to national security. Like other Canadians, I have heard recent reports by the CBC about Canadians participating in the activities of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and I see such participation as being of critical and immediate concern. In this context, I believe that a point made on page 37 of the aforementioned report is relevant:

“The RCMP is developing an intervention program that mobilizes community resources and local law enforcement to recognize and address individuals at risk of becoming radicalized.”

In my view, this point speaks to the need for an open, public process. Certainly, hearings by the Public Safety Committee could be that process and, in my view, should be that process. Among the important questions that witnesses might address would be:

What are the key elements of the intervention program that is being developed?

  • Why is the program only being developed now?
  • What previous efforts have, and have not, been successful in recognizing and dealing with individuals at risk of becoming radicalized?

While this list of questions is not comprehensive, they are among the key questions to which all Canadians deserve answers. On September 1, 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron clearly stated that ISIS represents a direct threat to the United Kingdom. In that regard, the British Government announced its intention to pursue an aggressive campaign in response to the growing terrorist threat it faced. Among the measures announced were the following:

  • Legislation will be enacted to give the police statutory powers to confiscate the passports of suspected terrorists at the United Kingdom’s borders.
  • The United Kingdom will challenge any attempt by the courts to diminish the statutory powers that will be given to the police.
  • Plans to block suspected British terrorists from returning to the United Kingdom will be developed on a “cross-party basis”.
  • Terrorism prevention and investigation measures will be extended to include the power to relocate suspects.
  • Terrorists will be required to undergo de-radicalization programs.
  • Airlines will be forced to provide more information about passengers travelling to and from conflict zones.

At this point, I am not proposing that initiatives similar to those being implemented in the United Kingdom are required in Canada. Nevertheless, I believe that Canadians have the right to be informed about the Canadian government’s views about these initiatives, the extent to which similar initiatives in Canada would enhance national security, and – more generally – the actions that are being taken to safeguard national security.

Minister, I hope you agree that the issues raised in this letter are of critical importance, and would benefit from examination through urgent hearings by the Public Safety Committee. I believe that we have a shared interest in meeting the needs and desires of Canadians for more information about your priorities as you seek to address the issue of radicalization in Canada and the participation by Canadians in ISIS.

Sincerely,

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Hon. Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P.
Liberal Public Safety Critic

 

NOTICE OF MOTION

Hon. Wayne Easter, M.P. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 That the Standing committee on Public Safety undertake, on an urgent basis, a study of any threat posed to Canada’s national security by individuals returning to Canada from having been involved with terrorist entities abroad, including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); That the committee initiate this inquiry by calling the Minister of Public Safety and representatives of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Communication Security Establishment Canada to appear and testify; That the committee invite interested and concerned stakeholders from across the country to testify on the extent and consequences of radicalization activities in Canada; and, That the committee issue a report on its findings to the House of Commons.

AVIS DE MOTION

L’honorable Wayne Easter, député Le mercredi 27 août 2014 Que le Comité permanent de la sécurité publique entreprenne d’urgence une étude sur les menaces que font peser sur la sécurité nationale du Canada les individus qui retournent au Canada après s’être mêlés à des entités terroristes à l’étranger, notamment l’État islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL); Que le Comité lance cette étude en appelant le ministre de la Sécurité publique ainsi que des représentants du Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité, de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada et du Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications Canada à comparaître et à témoigner; Que le Comité invite des parties intéressées et concernées de toutes les régions du pays à témoigner de l’étendue et des conséquences des activités de radicalisation au Canada; Que le Comité présente dans un rapport ses constatations à la Chambre des communes.

Release – Conservative Government Fails Canadians

Posted on September 5, 2014 | No Comments

CHARLOTTETOWN — Liberal MP Wayne Easter today issued the following statement on the Council of the Federation’s 55th Annual Premiers’ Conference:

“Mr. Harper and his Conservative government have failed to work as partners with the premiers on the most critical issues facing our country, demonstrating yet again that they get the big things wrong.

“The Conservatives have failed to provide substantial, predictable, and sustainable infrastructure funding; in fact, they have slashed infrastructure investments this year by 90 percent. This harms the ability of our cities and communities to modernize and repair public transit, roads, bridges, housing, and water systems. More critically, their inaction prevents the kind of growth we need to expand the middle class in Canada.

“At the same time, Mr. Harper and the Conservatives have completely mismanaged the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, only to introduce blanket changes without any consultation. The result is clear: provincial economies across the country are being hurt.

“Liberals believe that a different, collaborative approach is needed if we are to offer a real and fair chance at success for all Canadians.”

Our Open Letter to the Minister of National Defence

Posted on August 14, 2014

Please see below, a letter from myself, Liberal Critic for Public Safety and Joyce Murray, Liberal Critic for National Defence.

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Statement by Malpeque Member of Parliament Wayne Easter on McCain Closure

Posted on August 7, 2014

(OTTAWA) “I was saddened today to hear of the impending closure of the McCain French fry processing plant in Borden-Carleton. The plant employed a large number […]

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Conference Board’s Report on PEI

Posted on July 27, 2014

The Conference Board of Canada is a treasure trove of great information, including about the economic prospects of the provinces. In a recent Conference Board report, […]

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Red Tape Reduction: The First Federal Scorecard

Posted on July 21, 2014

January 2014 was a busy month for those with an interest in reducing government red tape. On January 29, 2014, the President of the Treasury Board […]

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Release from Can-US Inter-Parliamentary Group – Canadian Parliamentarians Attend Summer Meeting with U.S. Governors

Posted on July 16, 2014 | No Comments

From 10-13 July 2014, four Vice-Chairs from the Canadian Section of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG) – Senator Michael L. MacDonald, Senator Wilfred P. Moore, […]

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Economics of Policing – National Mental Health Strategy Recommendation

Posted on July 3, 2014

In my role as Public Safety Critic, I sit on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which has recently published […]

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From Soil to Stomach: Why Food Traceability Matters

Posted on June 25, 2014

As a farmer, consumer, and your Member of Parliament, I take agriculture and our food supply chain very seriously. Some reading from the Conference Board of […]

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