MP MacKenzie’s Statement in House of Commons on May 5, 2009

Mr. Speaker,

Today I am proud to rise in this House during National Police Week and pay tribute to the brave men and women who selflessly protect children, our families and our communities each and every day.

Our government prides itself on the support it continues provides to the police community.  We are firmly committed to ensuring that police have the legislative backing and resources needed to tackle crime. We have passed laws providing for mandatory prison sentences, made it tougher for offenders to get out of prison and eliminated house arrest for serious crimes.  Introduced legislation to tackle auto theft and property crime, identity theft, and to increase penalties for gang- and organized-crime related violence and drug trafficking.  We’ve also provided additional funding to hire more to the provinces, municipalities and we now have 1500 new RCMP officers in place.

I and other members of our Party have worn the Police uniform, be it municipal, provincial or RCMP and we can all attest to the commitment and dedication police officers bring to their jobs every day.  National Police Week is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation for these outstanding men and women who, as we are reminded today, place their lives on the line every day.

I encourage all Canadians to join me in thanking Canada’s Finest, be they working with our local, provincial, aboriginal and national police forces.  Every day they perform their jobs with professionalism, dignity and courage – and for that I thank you all.