Question Regarding Emergency Preparedness


Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives do not like using evidence in decision-making but chopping Statistics Canada will not make the inconvenient facts go away.

    Yet the government's reckless cuts are marching on. The Conservatives are now shutting down the joint emergency preparedness program and have cut all funding for training courses at the Canadian Emergency Management College. This will leave many local emergency workers without the training and critical equipment they need to respond to everything from earthquakes to chemical spills.

    Why are the Conservatives making cuts that could spell disaster for small communities that rely on these programs to train their emergency preparedness workers?

    Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, most emergencies in Canada are local in nature and are managed by municipalities and at the provincial or territorial level. Public Safety Canada works with all of the local organizations in order to coordinate that.

    We are not putting Canadians' safety at risk. We continue to enhance it in various ways.