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QP March 27 – RCMP Preparedness and Equipment Cuts

Posted on March 30, 2015

March 27The Government continues to rob money from critical programs. The symptoms of this are now being seen in RCMP members who are lacking the proper training and equipment to feel they can safely respond to national security threats. The answer from the government was lacking and barely relevant.

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE
Mr. Speaker, the government’s preoccupation to basically rob money from critical programs in order to give a tax break to the rich is beyond comprehension. One example are the cuts to the RCMP. Commissioner Paulson informed us the RCMP had to take 300 personnel off of criminal investigations and transfer them to anti-terrorism. Rank and file RCMP officers are calling for more training and better equipment, yet the minister has forced budget cuts of $290 million since 2012.
Why is the government compromising the RCMP so it can give a tax break to the rich?

Roxanne James Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Mr. Speaker, that is absolutely false. We have actually increased resources to our national security agencies.
What is clear is that the international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada and our allies because of the values that we share. We only need to turn on the six o’clock news, or read in the paper of another attack around the world or of more people leaving countries like Canada to join ISIL.
We heard credible witness testimony in committee this week that has confirmed that the threat is real, it has evolved and it is growing. The number one priority of any responsible government is the safety and security of its citizens. That is why this Conservative government will pass this legislation and why the RCMP is supporting it.

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE
Mr. Speaker, of course the threat is real, but the government cut $290 million from the RCMP since 2012. That is unacceptable and it is doing it in order to give a tax break to the rich.
Beyond that, the RCMP rank and file members are now speaking out. They are mad and are feeling betrayed. They lack training. They lack equipment. The government has failed to honour the commitments it made to the Mayerthorpe recommendations, which cost RCMP lives. That comes out of the Moncton report.
Why does the minister force cutbacks, put Canadians at risk and even risks the lives of RCMP officers? Why?

Roxanne James Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Mr. Speaker, that is similar to the rhetoric we heard in committee this past week.
Let me talk about one of the witnesses who did appear before committee. Inspector Irwin has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and intelligence gathering. What did this credible witness say about Bill C-51? He said that existing laws “are too restrictive” and that there was an absolute need for the new measures contained within this bill. What else did he say about the need for information sharing? He said that it was absolutely crucial. In general, with respect to the bill, contrary to what the opposition parties like to put out, he said that it provided the necessary safeguards.
In the same meeting, we heard opposition witnesses say that the bill had absolutely nothing to do with—

NFU Youth in Ottawa

Posted on March 26, 2015

In the middle of a busy day, it was great to have a chance to meet with the young members of NFU Youth. Some excellent discussion around how best to support new farmers in Canada and beyond.

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Standing Order – Recognizing Wayne Dickeson

Posted on March 25, 2015

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Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Wayne Dickieson for his induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.

A resident of North Rustico, P.E.l., Wayne graduated from Macdonald College in 1964 and worked with the P.E.I. department of agriculture in several capacities but, key, as a dairy specialist until his retirement in 2001.

Beyond professional work, he served as registrar-treasurer of the P.E.I.
Institute of Agrologists, on the board of Eastern Breeders and EastGen, as secretary-treasurer of the P.E.I. branch of Holstein Canada, and more.

Wayne dedicated himself to the care and showmanship of livestock for well over 40 years, standing as an official judge with Holstein Canada, where he has presided over shows in five provinces, the U.K., Isle of Man, and Colombia, as well as extensive work with Semex Canada in Iran.

He and his wife Flora and son David operate Birkentree Holsteins, which received a Master Breeder award from Holstein Canada in 2006.

We thank Wayne for his life’s work in the agricultural community and beyond.

Congratulations.

Statement – P.E.I. Power Cable Funding Announced

Posted on March 20, 2015

HUNTER RIVER – Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, welcomes today’s federal government announcement of $50 million dedicated to placing two new electrical cables to Prince Edward […]

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Statement: Islanders Show Concern for Bill C-51

Posted on March 13, 2015

CHARLOTTETOWN – Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque made the following statement: “I was glad to be able to engage in discussion with Islanders who rallied through […]

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2015 Tax Tips

Posted on March 11, 2015

Please note: To avoid fees and penalties, submissions are due April 30. For further information, please consult www.cra-arc.gc.ca. First time house buyer? Did you know you can […]

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Family Skate in Crapaud – March 15

Posted on March 10, 2015

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Dairy Farmers of Canada on the Hill

Posted on February 25, 2015

Was great meeting with the Dairy Farmers of Canada here in Ottawa. Liz Maynard joins us in this picture after a very informative discussion. 

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Letter to the Editor: Building Better Anti-Terrorism Laws

Posted on February 25, 2015

Dear editor, In the wake of the deadly attacks on military officers in Quebec and on Parliament Hill last October, we must consider how to best […]

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Letter to the Editor: Snow removal work crews deserve thanks

Posted on February 21, 2015

This letter was published in the PEI Guardian February 21, 2015. Editor: I am writing to commend the various public and private snow removal crews who […]

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