REGINA, Nov. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of engaging Canadians in an open dialogue on matters that affect them. Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale met with members of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security (CCRS) in Regina to discuss Canada's safety and security.
Members engaged with the Minister on current national security issues, preventing radicalization to violence, cybersecurity, and were given the opportunity to provide their views on how these matters affect their communities. The importance of hearing from members on areas of concern was a central focus of his remarks.
In addition to meeting with the Minister, the roundtable's discussions explored various issues including human trafficking and the settlement and integration of newcomers. While in Regina, CCRS members took advantage to engage with a number of Saskatchewan-based organizations on a broad range of safety and security topics.
The meeting also offered an opportunity for the Government of Canada to gain members' input on the criminal justice system review process and provide them with updates on other priorities, such as the soon to be launched drug-impaired driving awareness campaign.
"These meetings are valuable ways to explore issues of concern to all Canadians. The advice and assistance of Canadians is crucial in ensuring the effectiveness of the Government's approach to security, and the CCRS provides a forum to engage community leaders and better inform policy makers on emerging trends."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"Bringing leaders from diverse communities across Canada together in one room to discuss policies and programs related to security is an incredible opportunity – for both communities and the Government. We are learning from each other, and Canada will be stronger and safer because of it."
- Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, Chair of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security
- The CCRS brings together community leaders who have extensive experience in social and cultural matters, to engage in long-term dialogue on national security-related topics.
- The CCRS meets regularly to discuss matters related to national security and public safety as they impact Canada's diverse and pluralistic society.
- Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security web page
- National Security Act (Bill C-59)
- Cannabis education and awareness
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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