HANSARD: Question to the Conservative to restore port police

Debates of Feb. 6th, 2024

House of Commons Hansard #276 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session.
Opposition Motion—Auto Theft
Business of Supply
Government Orders

Jenny Kwan, Vancouver East, BC

Madam Speaker, it is interesting that the Conservatives are now saying “Oh, get tough on crime,” yet when the Harper administration was in government, between 2010 and 2015, it cut close to $600 million from the RCMP budget and laid off 1,100 CBSA officers. To boot, on crime prevention, it underspent $28 million that had already been allocated. The Conservative leader now continues to call for cuts to the RCMP's budget, as well as to the CBSA's.

The member talked about the port, and I absolutely agree. The federal government disbanded the port police in my riding back in 1997, and we have seen the fallout as a result of that.

Would the member support what the NDP has been calling for all along, which is that the government should in fact ensure that the port police is restored?

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