Federal budget 2016 report

NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS

AFPAD welcomes the budget 2016 that has allocated 40 million dollars over two years to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

This addresses the national tragedy that is the disappearance and murder of numerous Indigenous women and girls. The Government of Canada respects its December 2015 commitment when it announced its intention of launching a national inquiry into the alarming and unacceptable overrepresentation of Indigenous women and girls among victims of violence.

“Our government is committed to real and substantive reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in this country, and the inquiry is an important step on this path to end the unacceptable rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls.”

STATEMENT BY MINISTERS BENNETT, WILSON-RAYBOULD AND HADJU FOLLOWING THE FINAL PRE-INQUIRY DESIGN MEETING ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS, FEBRUARY 15, 2016

REINFORCING PUBLIC SECURITY

The government introduces measures that will help protect Canadians by ensuring public safety officers have the necessary equipment and facilities to investigate serious crime, and to enhance our understanding of radicalization at home. Budget 2016 promotes Canadians’ well-being by improving cybersecurity systems and reinforcing its emergency response capacity.

ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE (RCMP) FORENSIC LABORATORY

Budget 2016 proposes to provide up to $60.4 million over five years on a cash basis for a new RCMP forensic laboratory to be co-located with the RCMP’s regional headquarters in Surrey, British Columbia. The new, more efficient laboratory will support the investigation of the most serious and violent crimes, helping to quickly identify and apprehend offenders, and contribute to enhancing the safety of Canadians.

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