Yes, Madam Speaker, I will be brief. I respond by saying absolutely, I fully agree.
There is an organization in my riding called the George Hull Centre for children and families. It is a collection of professionals, psychiatrists, counsellors and social workers who direct their efforts intensively toward intervention with high risk children and families in trouble.
I visited that centre a month or two ago to meet the people and talk to them about their work. They made that very point very persuasively, that unless we intervene effectively with children at risk at the earliest stages then we are ignoring a problem which will blossom into an expensive and tragic one with the passage of time.
I know time is very short but let me just say to the hon. member that I fully agree with the sentiment he has expressed that when we create the crime prevention council we may not have a lot of money for it immediately but the hon. member will find in me a strong advocate for making it effective by funding it properly and by using I hope at least in part the proceeds of crime and if need be private funding from the corporate sector.
We must co-ordinate and refocus efforts across the country toward prevention in the fashion that the hon. member has described.