Mr. Speaker, I have been informed by Correctional Service Canada, CSC, that:
a) See response to questions b), c) and d).
b) It is anticipated that with the implementation of various government initiatives in tackling crime, an increase in the offender population may result. This conclusion is based on a series of planning assumptions, (potential impact of legislative measures on the Justice system,) which may vary depending on the evolution of crime rates.
c) At this time, there is no specific plan to build new prisons.
d) At this time no assessment has been conducted as to where new facilities, which may be required as a result of new government initiatives, would potentially be located.