Public Safety Minister fails to deliver on key government commitment

    OTTAWA, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Police Association (CPA) is
disappointed by the failure of Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day to deliver
key ingredients to fulfil the Prime Minister's commitment to put at least
2,500 new front-line police officers in Canadian communities.
    "Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has fumbled the ball and failed to
deliver on a key government commitment," said CPA President Tony Cannavino.
"We have been waiting two years for this Minister to deliver on the Prime
Minister's promise, and we are disappointed by the short-sighted and
inadequate response."
    In the 2006 Federal Election Campaign, the Conservative Party promised to
"Negotiate with the provinces to create a new cost-shared program jointly with
provincial and municipal governments, to put at least 2,500 more police on the
beat in our cities and communities." In the 2007 Speech from the Throne, the
Federal Government reaffirmed its commitment to provide resources to recruit
2,500 more police officers.
    "Although we were initially very happy to see that this commitment was
included in the recent Federal Budget," said CPA President Tony Cannavino, "we
are disappointed to learn that the Minister has failed to ensure that this is
a long-term sustainable program. We agree with the Mayors and provincial
Ministers who have asked for a long-term sustainable commitment. Although some
provinces may opt in to access whatever cash is available, others will be
deterred from participating without a guarantee that this funding will
continue for the career of a police officer. They don't want to get stuck
picking up the tab, if the federal government chooses to abandon the program
in five years."
    "Prime Minister Harper's commitment to the police community recognized
that resources are tight and municipalities and provinces are struggling to
maintain adequate police services with increased demands, legislative
requirements, and national security concerns. Unfortunately, Minister Day's
plan falls short in delivering on that commitment" concluded Cannavino.

    The CPA is the national voice for approximately 57,000 police personnel
serving across Canada. Through our 170 member associations, CPA membership
includes police personnel serving in police services from Canada's smallest
towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal cities,
provincial police services, members of the RCMP, railway police, and First
Nations police associations.

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