Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for all you've done over the past few years, going from zero to some very positive things, which have been mentioned throughout today.
You do realize that when you answer some of the questions the headline is not going to be about all the positive things you've done; it's about what you've said. The newspaper headline won't mention all the good things, it will just mention the things that are negative. I think I'd like to concentrate on some positive things.
Since I've been here, no one who represents a government agency or even private agencies who get federal funding ever came and said, “We get enough, you don't need to give us any more, thank you.” It's never enough, no matter what is done. It doesn't matter whose government it is, it's never enough. But it's their job to poke at the holes. But at poking at holes, we have to be careful not to, you know the old saying, throw out the baby with the bath water. So we don't want any....
Please correct me if I've misinterpreted this. When you were referring to legislation, that it doesn't help victims, would you not agree there needs to be a balanced approach from the government's perspective? You're dealing specifically with victims, but when you're dealing with the whole justice and public safety envelope, would you not agree that we need a balanced approach through programs and services for victims--in which, I think you said, we've invested quite substantially since the creation of your office--and legislation that will put the offenders behind bars? The reason this government looks at sentencing has to do very much with what you've just said: it has to do with victimization. What we leave out of the whole spectrum, and I think you could address this best, is the continued victimization from the time the offence occurs. And most of the time, with thirty years in policing, I can tell you....
Let me give you one example, and I want you to comment on this: something as simple as mailbox baseball. You know what that is. A bunch of young yahoos, either with or without alcohol, think it's a lot of fun to go down a rural road and bash mailboxes. I investigated one where someone's aunt who had just died had done some tole painting on the mailbox and that was the only thing they had from their aunt. The yahoos came and bashed the mailbox. When it gets reported to the police, it's not a big deal. When it gets reported in the newspaper, it's not a big deal. But that person had something that meant so much to them and now it's nothing. They desecrated the memory.
I wonder if you could comment on some of the things that you've experienced.