Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Huge financial burden of security should be shared

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

"Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to express my disappointment, disappointment because the government forgot Canada’s most vulnerable communities in its budget.

Some Canadian communities face a disproportionate risk of being attacked by terrorist organizations or racist groups. For example, every synagogue, community centre, Jewish school and community festival requires continual security presence. Mosques and gurdwaras have been targeted.

The financial implications of this unprecedented level of security are great and the federal government’s first priority is to protect Canadians. Members on our side have called on the government to establish a fund to help these communities pay for security costs when Canadian law enforcement agrees that a disproportionate risk exists.

This party’s leader endorsed this idea. That government did not. We have a crime prevention action fund. Why do we not have a security fund for at risk communities? "