IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Public Safety Officer Compensation Fund for Canada's firefighters and police officers

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for 14 years Canada's firefighters have been coming to Parliament Hill to ask that their families be taken care of if they die in the line of duty or if they die saving others through a public safety officer compensation fund. Five years ago, the NDP delivered and passed legislation through the House directing the government to do this. Since that time, dozens of Canada's firefighters and police officers have passed away and their families are often left destitute. The United States has a fund; Canada does not.

    Why will the government not establish a public safety officer compensation fund and why is it showing such profound disrespect to Canada's firefighters and police officers?

    Ms. Candice Hoeppner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, this is a government that is listening to firefighters and police officers across the country. That is why we are giving not only police officers the tools that they need to do their job, but that is why we introduced a firefighters volunteer tax credit which has been supported across the country. It is something firefighters asked for. It is helping them. We respect and appreciate the work that they do. We will continue to support them.

    We ask the opposition to do the same thing. Vote for measures that will keep criminals in jail and not on the street.