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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

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I share many of the concerns of this flawed piece of legislation with the member for Parkdale—High Park. Earlier in the debate, the member for Toronto Centre suggested that, given the concerns that have been expressed by the Canadian Bar Association, the former cha

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened intently to the member's presentation. I heard him say that there is a possible charter violation in this legislation. He made reference to the 2007 Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Charkaoui case where the 120 day mandatory detention was struck dow

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I realize the majority of the member's speech on the bill was on the subject of international transfer. However, my question is one of a domestic nature, given that the hon. member mentioned, at least a couple of times, that this was about protecting our most vulnera

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, as someone involved in law enforcement, the hon. member undoubtedly knows that the vast majority of conditional sentences are granted in cases that are less serious. Conditional sentences in more serious cases or for more serious offences are extremely rare. Given t

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not think there is any denying the Statistics Canada information that shows that crime rates in this country are falling. Also, I do not think there is any denying that the tough on crime legislation in many American states has failed. Looking at those two, I w

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I was interested to hear the minister's comments about the relative merits and the attractiveness of Canadian federal prisons. I am not sure if the minister is aware, but there are many provincial institutions that are absolutely stretched to the max. I was interes

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, the evidence is irrefutable that in the United States this tough on crime legislation, the increasing of mandatory minimum sentences, does not work. It is extremely costly. It costs $108,000 per year to house an inmate in a federal institution. Is that caring for o

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, I acknowledge that, yes, 40% of those who voted or roughly 25% of Canadians did support her party in the last election. I also acknowledge that there were significantly less who supported our party. However, I would point out that this absolutely flies in the face

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, the short answer to the question is, yes. It is most unfortunate that the bill has been presented in the manner that it has, putting together 110 pages and compiling 9 acts. If there were any room for movement, compromise, amendment or to have this bill severed u

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal