McGuinty Government Calls on Ottawa to Give Ontario Fair Share of 2,500 New Police Officers

    New Federally Funded Recruits Would Build On Provincial Initiatives To
    Make Ontario Communities Stronger And Safer

    WINNIPEG, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government calls on the federal
government to honour its commitment to fund the hiring of 2,500 new front-line
police officers across Canada, Ontario Community Safety and Correctional
Services Minister Rick Bartolucci said today in Winnipeg, at the meeting of
federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice.
    "It's time for the federal government to deliver on the commitment it
made two years ago," said Bartolucci. "I made Ontario's position very clear to
Minister Stockwell Day. We expect the federal government to fund these
positions in perpetuity and we expect 100 per cent funding. I also reaffirmed
Ontario's view that we want our fair share of officers."
    There have been numerous discussions between the two levels of government
regarding this commitment to fund the hiring of new police officers but no
agreement has yet been reached. The province is asking that the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) receive half of the new officers that Ontario would be
allotted and that special considerations be paid to northern and First Nations
police services.
    The McGuinty government has fully implemented the Safer Communities -
1,000 Officers Partnership program. All 1,000 officers are now on duty across
the province. The province also announced the hiring of 200 new OPP officers
earlier this year, for a total of 1,200 new police officers added to Ontario's
police services since 2003.
    "We've delivered on our commitment to put 1,000 new officers on our
streets during our first mandate," said Bartolucci. "The federal government
now needs to follow up on its promise and do its part to help improve the
safety of Ontario communities."
    With more than $37.1 million in annual funding for the Safer Communities
- 1,000 Officers Partnership program and continued support for the Community
Policing Partnership program, the McGuinty government now invests $68 million
every year, and in perpetuity, to help municipalities employ more than 2,000
police officers.

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973, (416) 938-9757 (cell); Stuart McGetrick, Communications Branch,
(416) 325-9686

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