Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Attending religious institutions without fear is vital

[31 October, 2006]

Hon. Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre, Lib.): [Neville.A@parl.gc .ca]

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge the government to continue the work of the previous Liberal administration and implement a cost sharing program to help at-risk targeted communities offset the costs of securing their places of worship and community centres.

“The freedom to worship and to attend community, religious and cultural events without fear is a hallmark of being a Canadian.

“Unfortunately, we live in a world where safety is not always guaranteed. The threat of terrorism has necessitated certain communities to take steps to ensure the safety of their congregants and participants, often at great financial expense.

“Whether it be a synagogue, a church, a gurdwara, a mosque or a cultural centre, it is imperative that the government help with the protection of these institutions. By developing and implementing a security cost sharing program, it will be taking one more important step to doing so."