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Justice  Mr. Speaker, however, even the toughest anti-crime advocates in America say that this strategy is just plain wrong. Even the staunchest Conservative Republicans in Texas are repealing mandatory minimums and increasing drug treatment programs because they slash crimes at a tenth o

October 18th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the minister is about to defend the gutting of $200 million from Veterans Affairs. I can see that he has his PMO script all ready to go. Why did Veterans Affairs spend $3 million on backdrops--

October 17th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Why did Veterans Affairs spend almost $3 million on photo ops while gutting the department by $200 million? Why are there millions for PR stunts but nothing but cutbacks for the people who really matter, our veterans?

October 17th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, my question for the hon. member relates to the effectiveness of the programs in place. I appreciate his listing the services that are available, but in an environment where there have been 696 suicides by members of the armed forces who have served between 1972 and 2

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, there is a great need to enhance suicide prevention programs in Canada. With respect to our veterans, the data is alarming. The suicide rate in the armed services is nearly three times that of the general population. According to a departmental study of all males w

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am entirely in agreement with the hon. member. In fact, that is precisely what the motion calls for: We need to have a suicide prevention strategy. I take it from the question that she is also in support and I would urge her and members of her party to vote in fav

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, a couple of weeks ago, I spent a full hour with a couple of veterans, one of whom was a medical doctor who outlined for me in some detail the difficulty in getting support for mental health issues when one is not discharged as a result of medical reasons. It seems as

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it is absolutely true that there is a crisis within our veterans community with respect to mental health issues. Of all of the veterans who are receiving benefits under the new veterans charter, 60% of them report at least one mental health condition. That is an alar

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to participate in this debate on the motion proposed by our leader, the hon. member for Toronto Centre. I would like to read the motion again: That the House agree that suicide is more than a personal tragedy, but is also a serious public he

October 4th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, a Canadian Forces member receives $13,000 for funeral costs. A veteran receives $3,600. Nineteen months ago we raised this issue. The answer we received was that it was under review. Last year we asked the minister again to fix this problem. Even though his own offi

September 29th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, my question comes from the perspective of a new member of Parliament. I am, quite frankly, having some difficulty as a new member of Parliament wrestling with my obligation as a parliamentarian to be able to debate this bill in and abbreviated fashion when the costs

September 28th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, the United States Supreme Court has declared that overcrowding in United States prisons to the extent of 137% results in conditions within the prisons that are cruel and unusual punishment. The overcrowding rate in prisons in British Columbia is now at 200%. This leg

September 28th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, my question relates to the intended or unintended consequences on the budgets of provincial jurisdictions. My colleague would know full well that his government supports money for police and for prisons, but between police and prisons there is a system under stress

September 28th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, Remembrance Day is just around the corner. That day gives us an opportunity to remember the tremendous sacrifices made by Canadians and to pay tribute to those who died for our country. Why does the government pay up to $13,000 for Canadian Forces members' funerals

September 28th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, many organizations have said that the bill contravenes the charter. Our party leader has suggested that we seek the opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada as to the constitutionality of this bill. Does the member agree with this idea?

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal