Mr. Speaker, the gang problem is going to spiral out of control if we do not intervene in the lives of the youngest gang members. The police survey on youth gangs says that youth gang membership has doubled since 2002, from 7,000 to 14,000. Statistics Canada says that youth gun related crime has spiked 32% since 2002.
Guns have no place on our streets unless in the holster of a police officer. It is time to make neighbourhoods safer for working families.
Why did it take the government so long to approve the money for more police and where are these phantom officers?