Mr. Speaker, recent polls have confirmed that Canadians are demanding action on crime and violence.
I applaud the Minister of Justice for his commitment to ensuring that Canadians will live without fear for their personal safety.
The red book has outlined many measures which will ensure our safety and security. A tough line on violence, stricter penalties, the reform of the Young Offenders Act and further control of violent pornography were all included in our campaign promises.
The government must continue to take the lead on addressing root causes of crime. Unemployment, hopelessness, the breakdown of families and the use of illegal drugs all contribute to a more violent and unsafe society.
Canadians are a non-violent and peace loving people. We must continue to respond with comprehensive, effective approaches to the issues of crime and punishment.