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A Life Sentence Means a Sentence for Life

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that, “Canadians want a country where justice, real justice, is at the heart of our legal system, where the hope for rehabilitation is balanced with appropriate punishment and prevention, and with compassion for law-abiding people and their families.”

This is just one reason why our Government made a commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to ensure a life sentence for Canada’s most hardened criminals means exactly that – a sentence for life.

Following through on this commitment, we have introduced legislation to amend the Criminal Code to ensure that Canada’s most heinous criminals – those whose actions means we cannot risk permitting them on our streets – remain imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives with no chance of parole.

This will include those convicted of high treason, as well as for first degree murders involving; sexual assault, kidnapping or forcible confinement, terrorism, the killing of police officers or corrections officers, or, any first degree murders that are found to be particularly brutal in nature.

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Canada Summer Jobs progam now accepting applications

It’s time to spread the word about the employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2015. This year, applications will be accepted until January 30, 2015. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and public-sector employers and applies to secondary and post-secondary students.

The Canada Summer Jobs program is part of a larger federal government strategy called YES (Youth Employment Strategy). Our government invests approximately $330 million every year in YES in order to do exactly what the Canada Summer Jobs program has mandated: to help our younger people develop employable skills and gain necessary work experience.

Since the Canada Summer Jobs program began in 2006-2007, it has helped over 304,000 students. Last year, church camps, museums, small businesses and local charitable organizations were among those that benefitted within the federal constituency of Yorkton-Melville. In 2015, the program is expected to create approximately 35,000 jobs.

More information and applications are available at: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.  Please remember, applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS - February 23, 2015

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, MP Yorkton-Melville:

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta.

Members will recall that both the Canadian military and the RCMP were called upon to undertake a search and rescue operation in response to the devastating flood situation there.

However, long after the town was secured those efforts by the RCMP changed into forcibly entering homes and seizing legally owned firearms and ammunition. The report confirms that hundreds of those firearms were taken without the legal authority to do so.

Back in June of 2013, our government raised the alarm after hearing reports that firearms were being seized by the RCMP. Law-abiding Canadians should never face unlawful search and seizure of their personal property.

The RCMP clearly has a long road ahead of it in restoring the reputation with law-abiding gun owners. Some accountability in light of the report's finding would be a good start.

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Recent Columns
  • Column for the week of March 16, 2015 - Private Member’s Bill C-648 aiming to bring about safer technology use . . . click here
  • Column for the week of March 2, 2015 - More help for Canadian families . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Feb. 23, 2015 - Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 adds another Layer of Protection for Canadians . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Feb. 9, 2015 - Opportunities abound to celebrate our Canadian winter climate . . . click here
  • Column for the week of Feb. 2, 2015 - Celebrating Black History Month . . . click here


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Recent Press Releases
  • News Release: Dec. 9, 2014 - BREITKREUZ SLAMS MULCAIR’S GUN REGISTRY MUSINGS . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 8, 2014 - BRINGING SOME COMMON SENSE TO CANADA’S FIREARMS LAW . . . click here
  • News Release: Sept. 2, 2014 - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES OVER $130,000 TO PARKLAND COLLEGE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SKILLS PROJECT . . . click here
  • News Release: July 25, 2014 - BRINGING COMMON SENSE TO FIREARMS LICENSING . . . click here

- Additional news releases

Recent News Items
  • SCI News Release: Feb. 10, 2014 - BREITKREUZ NAMED INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR . . . click here
  • News Release: Oct. 9, 2013 - Harper Government and Government of Saskatchewan invest in new cancer treatment technologies . . . click here
  • Sask Ag & Food News Release: May 30, 2013 - CROP REPORT FOR THE PERIOD MAY 21 TO 27, 2013 . . . click here

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Parliamentary Items of Interest
  • Statement: Feb. 23, 2015 - Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta . . . click here
  • Statement: Dec. 8, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.
  • Statement: April 7, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, it is with mixed emotions today that I rise in this House to officially announce that I will not be seeking re-election in 2015 . . . click here

- Additional items of interest