Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the solicitor general a question about his comment on public safety. Four hundred and eighty offenders have gone unlawfully at large from Canadian prisons since April 1998 and have not been recaptured. The Sumas centre in Abbotsford, British Columbia where I live had 53 unlawfully at large. Many are serious offenders. This disgraceful record emphasizes the Liberal government's soft on crime policy.
Why not just tell the people of the Fraser Valley that criminals are more important than the law-abiding citizens who live there?