Minister Day Announces Funding to Reduce Cross-border Flow of Illegal Drugs



    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day,
Minister of Public Safety, took another step to crackdown on illegal drugs, by
announcing funding to keep illegal drugs from crossing Canada's borders.
    "Illegal drugs destroy lives, rob young people of their futures, tear
families apart, make our streets and communities less safe, and fuel organized
crime and street-level gangs," said Minister Day. "This is why our Government
committed to a National Anti-Drug Strategy, and why today I am announcing this
plan to intercept the cross-border flow of illegal drugs."
    As part of Canada's new National Anti-Drug Strategy, announced by Prime
Minister Stephen Harper in October 2007, Minister Day announced that the
Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) will receive $3.3 million over two years
to improve:

    
    - Detection measures of illegal drugs as well as precursor chemicals,
      which are used in illegal drugs. Nearly every illicit drug requires
      chemicals in order to be refined to a final, consumable form. Since
      precursor chemicals also have a wide legitimate use in the production
      of consumer goods (such as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, flavouring
      agents, petroleum products, fertilizers and paints), stronger detection
      measures will be put into place;

    - CBSA Laboratory testing of precursor chemicals entering Canada.
      Scientists will be able to better determine what the precursor
      chemicals entering Canada will be used for, which will prevent these
      chemicals from reaching illegal drug manufacturers; and

    - Investigation and border intelligence capabilities.
    

    "The National Anti-Drug Strategy is meant to be tough on crime, but
compassionate for victims," said Minister Nicholson. "This is why our
Government is taking a leadership role on this important issue and working
with key partners, such as the provinces, territories, communities,
stakeholders, community groups and law enforcement agencies to implement a
truly national anti-drug strategy to prevent, treat and combat the harmful
affects of illicit drugs."
    The new National Anti-Drug Strategy focuses on preventing illegal drug
use in young people, treating people who have drug addictions and fighting
illegal drug crime.

    For more information on the Government of Canada's National Anti-Drug
Strategy please visit: www.nationalantidrugstrategy.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, (613)
991-2863


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