IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Statement ~ Calling for the establishment of a public safety officer compensation benefit

40th Parliament, 3rd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, today on Parliament Hill, Canada's firefighters are here for the sixteenth consecutive year, asking for a public safety officer compensation fund to take care of their families. Last week, police officers were here doing exactly the same thing.

However, Parliament has already voted to put this important benefit into place. In 2005, Parliament adopted my Motion No. 153 that called for the establishment of a public safety officer compensation benefit. For four and a half years the Conservative government has steadfastly ignored our brave firefighters and police officers by refusing to implement this benefit.

While widows, widowers and children of fallen firefighters and police officers are forced sometimes to sell their homes and give up school and they live financial hardship, nothing has been done.

The government should apologize for the disrespect it has shown to Canada's fallen and their families. It should immediately put into place the supports for the families of those who lost their lives while protecting the lives of Canadians. It should do it now.