Ministers discussed key security issues with international counterparts
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, met with their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States during the Five Country Ministerial Meeting and Quintet of Attorneys General.
The Five Country Ministerial Meeting and Quintet of Attorneys General held a joint session, February 16, bringing together ministers responsible for public safety and attorneys general on security topics such as counter-terrorism, radicalization to violence and cyber security. The meeting offered an important opportunity for Minister Goodale and Minister Wilson-Raybould to discuss global efforts to counter radicalization to violence and to highlight the need to strengthen social foundations before individuals become at risk.
The remainder of the Quintet meeting, attended by Minister Wilson-Raybould, focused on topics such as criminal justice reform and respecting the rule of law and individual liberties, while taking effective measures to counter terrorist threats. Also, for the first time Minister McCallum joined his international counterparts at the Five Country Ministerial Meeting today to discuss immigration information sharing issues and traveller facilitation.
International and domestic collaboration is essential to counter terrorist and cyber threats to Canada, its citizens and its interests around the world. The Government of Canada remains unwavering in its commitment to protect the safety and security of Canadians.
- The first Five Country Ministerial Meeting was held in 2013. The Ministerial Meeting provides an important opportunity for the five countries to discuss common areas of interest, including cyber security and radicalization to violence.
- The Quintet of Attorneys General has been meeting annually since 2009 to discuss legal issues of common interest and concern.
"This meeting offered an important occasion to discuss mutual security challenges with our closest allies. Exchanging information on public safety priorities, such as radicalization to violence and cyber security, will strengthen Canada's efforts to tackle these issues at home. The government is committed to both keep Canadians safe and to safeguard our values, rights and freedoms."
- Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"I enjoyed meeting with my international colleagues to exchange information and offer a Canadian perspective on common challenges we face. This meeting provided an opportunity to strengthen our relationships and build international cooperation, while discussing key issues, ranging from security to criminal justice reform."
- Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"At a time of massive global movement of people, I welcomed the opportunity to discuss with international colleagues best practices in key areas, such as how we can share information to improve our collective security while making it faster and easier for legitimate travellers."
- Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
SOURCE Government of Canada
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