Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question.
We have dealt with this in the House many times. This was an operational decision of the RCMP. It is to enhance the critical mass of RCMP officers in the province of Quebec so they could focus on the fight against terrorism and organized crime. The same measures were implemented in the province of Ontario just a few years ago, and that is working very well.
We should rely on the expertise of the RCMP who have advised the government that this is in the interest of the citizens of Quebec and Canada.