Statement by the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, following his visit with Quebec Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre to the Centre for the prevention of radicalization leading to violence
Montreal, August 15, 2016
Today’s visit to Montreal’s Centre for the prevention of radicalization leading to violence reinforced for me the importance of the Government of Canada working ever more closely together with community organizations and all orders of government to address this issue of genuine public concern.
The events of last week in Strathroy, Ontario, demonstrate the need for constant vigilance in responding to threats posed by individuals who have radicalized to the point of violence.
We must strive to make Canada a global leader in working to counter the insidious influences that draw people - especially young people – down that dangerous path.
Addressing this issue is critical to preserving our country’s democratic nature and our generous, open and inclusive way of life. The Government of Canada’s work to create a new national centre of excellence for community outreach and engagement will also help to achieve that goal by pursuing research, marshalling best practices, mobilizing resources, and helping to coordinate work at all levels.
It will be essential for this new office to work closely together with community-based organizations like the Centre for the prevention of radicalization leading to violence.
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