Prof. Cotler submitted a written question to the government about cuts to programs that facilitate the safe reintegration of offenders following their release from prison. Please find below the full question and response.
Because House of Commons’ Standing Order 39 (1) specifically prohibits the government from including opinion or debate in responses to written questions, Prof. Cotler asked the Speaker to find that the government’s answer contravenes the rules. The House rose for the summer before the Speaker delivered his judgement.
Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC):
That is why the government has put forward a number of important measures to ensure our streets and communities are safe for our children, such as establishing the high- risk child sex offender database and cracking down on convicted sex offenders who seek to travel.
CSC has a contract with the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario for the provision of CoSA services in southern Ontario, for $325,000 per year, to March 31, 2018.
The government is always looking for efficient ways to improve the safety of our streets and communities while respecting taxpayers.