Question on Cyber Security Threats - October 23rd, 2012

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General's report is quite clear. Canada has had a lost decade when it comes to dealing with cyber security. Today's report concludes "monitoring the cyber threat environment has not been complete or timely".

The minister's recent Band-Aid announcements have not solved anything. Conservatives need to implement a real long-term plan for cyber security. Our national security depends on it.

Why has that minister failed to produce a comprehensive strategy to combat cyber threats? Why are we still waiting, even after what the AG called a serious intrusion into government systems in January 2011?

Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, in October 2010 when we announced our cyber strategy and funded that with $90 million, members opposite from the NDP said we were simply engaged in science fiction.

Last week we announced $155 million for additional cyber security, and that member now says that is a pittance. I do not understand.