Mr. Speaker, I find it remarkable that we would get such a lame answer from the parliamentary secretary.
As the B.C. attorney general and others plead with the solicitor general and the RCMP for financial aid, the government proudly states that it has allotted $115 million. Yet, according to internal RCMP documents, the CPIC needs over $283 million to be effective. Apparently the staff shortages in the RCMP show that even this is insufficient, given these meagre tolls.
Why is the minister standing idly by while the government destroys our national police force through these harsh budget cuts?