Debates of the Senate  
2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 43
  Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Question: Band Constable Program—Termination

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I have a supplementary question. You say that the government is taking concrete actions to address this problem. At the same time, the government has also decided to terminate the on-reserve Band Constable Program. Of course, for women in violent relationships, you rely upon whatever police services are available to you. If you are trying to increase the safety of women on reserve, then why are you cutting the Band Constable Program? It doesn't make any sense.

Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Government): As I said earlier, more than thirty measures pertaining to justice and public safety have been adopted. Furthermore, we have introduced preventive measures, worked with Aboriginal communities to develop community safety plans, and prepared documents to raise public awareness. Therefore, there are many comprehensive and concrete actions aimed at preventing violence and raising awareness in Aboriginal communities to promote prevention in ensuring personal safety.