Messages of Condolence

April 11th, 2014

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Dear Mr. Dechert,

The Peace of the Lord be with you.

On behalf of myself and the Coptic community in Mississauga, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to you and your colleagues on the sudden passing of the Honourable Minister, Mr. Jim Flaherty. We pray that the Lord repose his soul and the he give comfort and peace to his family and all his loved ones.

He was truly a great leader and a blessing to our great country Canada.

Sincerely,
Fr. Angelos M. Saad
Senior Priest, St. Mary and St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Canadian Coptic Center

Dear Victor, Bob and Brad,
I am so very sorry to hear that the Honorable Jim Flaherty has suddenly passed away. This is shocking and very sad news. Mr. Flaherty was a passionate Canadian and he was an outstanding servant leader to his country and province. He will be deeply missed. I know that you and your colleagues are reeling from this extremely difficult news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

My deepest sympathy,
Shelley White
President & CEO
United Way of Peel Region

Bob Dechert mourns the tragic loss of Jim Flaherty

April 10th, 2014

Jim Flaherty
April 10, 2014

Today, Canada has lost one of its longest serving and hardest working public servants, former Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty.

“I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the Flaherty Family; Christine Elliott, and their triplet sons John, Galen and Quinn” Said Mr. Dechert.

Jim Flaherty dedicated his life to making Canada a better place to live, a better place to work and a better place to raise a family. He was a tireless worker who always had the public interest at heart.

He was a warm, generous and kind person with a great sense of humour. He was a man of incredible talent and knowledge and he was a loving father and husband.

“I have had the pleasure to know Jim since 1993 and considered him a friend and role model“ said Mr. Dechert “He has a left a big hole in all of our hearts.”

BOB DECHERT ATTENDS HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF CANADA’S FIRST CANADIAN VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS

April 3rd, 2014

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April 3, 2014

Mississauga, Ontario

Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Justice today to announce the introduction of legislation creating a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. This legislation will transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history.

During consultations held by the federal Government over the past year, many victims of crime shared stories of their interactions with the criminal justice system. Many participants expressed a desire for victims of crime to be kept better informed and involved at every stage of the justice process, and called for an increased understanding of the needs of victims.

By tabling the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights the Conservative Government is delivering on its commitment from the 2013 Speech from the Throne, a commitment which was reiterated in Budget 2014. The legislation is part of the Government’s Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which focuses on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of Canada’s justice system.

“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, I am proud to see our Government take such strong and deliberate action to shift the focus of the Canadian justice system onto the victims in order to ensure that innocent Canadians have clear rights in our system.” said Bob Dechert “The new legislation being introduced in Parliament today aims to ensure that victims are at the heart of our judicial system and that they have the right to information, to protection, to participation and to restitution.” Mr. Dechert concluded.

Quick Facts

• The legislation would create the following statutory rights for victims of crime:
o Right to information: Victims would have the right to general information about the criminal justice system and available victim services and programs, as well as specific information about the progress of the case, including information relating to the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of the person who harmed them.
o Right to protection: Victims would have the right to have their security and privacy considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, to have reasonable and necessary measures to protect them from intimidation and retaliation, and to request their identity be protected from public disclosure.
o Right to participation: Victims would have a right to convey their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice professionals and have them considered at various stages of the criminal justice process, and to present a victim impact statement.
o Right to restitution: Victims would have the right to have the court consider making a restitution order for all offences for which there are easy-to-calculate financial losses.
• The Government will provide dedicated funding to support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights through existing resources as well as the allocation of new federal resources.
• A study released in 2011 by the Department of Justice Canada found that the total cost of crime is an estimated $99.6 billion a year – 83 per cent of which is borne by victims.
• According to Statistics Canada, nearly 2 million criminal incidents were reported to Canadian police services in 2012.
• All provinces and territories have legislation for victims of crime and currently manage successful victims’ services programs in their own jurisdictions.

Bob Dechert expresses strong support for Economic Action Plan 2014

February 14th, 2014


February 13, 2014, Ottawa, ON – Bob Dechert, MP for Mississauga-Erindale expresses his strong support for Economic Action Plan 2014 today in the House of Commons.

Budget 2014 remains focused on what matters to the citizens of Mississauga– jobs and economic growth. The Plan continues to implement the Government’s focus on connecting Canadians with available jobs, keeping taxes low, and balancing the budget by 2015.

“Mr. Speaker, Canada’s economic action plan 2014 includes many important measures that will benefit the people of Mississauga.

Since 2006, our government has been keeping Canada on the right path for economic growth. This includes lowering taxes in order to save the average Canadian family nearly $3,400 per year. We have also cut taxes for job creating businesses, allowing them to hire more workers and have opened up new markets for Canadian goods and services, most recently through the historic Canada-European Union trade agreement.

We are also introducing the Canada apprentice loan to provide interest-free student loans to apprentices which will help young people in Mississauga benefit from the GTA construction boom

Our government is investing an additional $500 million in the automotive innovation fund to ensure that Ontario and the GTA remain leaders in auto parts manufacturing and assembly.

Our government is providing an additional $46 million in support for advanced research and scientific discoveries at Canada’s leading universities and colleges such as the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College.

This budget delivers for my constituents in Mississauga.”

Canada needs strong economic leadership, and that’s exactly what our Conservative Government is delivering with Economic Action Plan 2014. Our plan will deliver more jobs for Canadians, less debt for our children, and more security for our families.

For more information contact:
Office of Bob Dechert, MP
(905) 897-1952

Bob Dechert and the Mississauga MP’s welcome the federal budget

February 11th, 2014

February 11, 2014 – Mississauga MP’s welcome the Federal Budget, Economic Action Plan 2014. From left to right, Brad Butt -MP for Mississauga Streetsville, Bob Dechert – MP for Mississauga-Erindale, Stella Ambler – MP for Mississauga South, and Wladyslaw Lizon – MP for Mississauga East-Cooksville.


Bob Dechert and the Mississauga MP’s are welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 – as a positive for Mississauga and Peel Region.

“Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession,” said MP Stella Ambler (Mississauga South). “Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Conservative Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Mississauga and across the country.”

Economic Action Plan 2014 contained no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending was efficient and effective as possible.

“Economic Action Plan 2014 is good news for the hard working people of Mississauga. I was pleased to see the inclusion of a new interest free student loan for apprentices,” said MP Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale.) “This will help young people in Mississauga take advantage of the opportunities created by the construction boom in the GTA. I was also very pleased to see additional funding for university and college research projects which will benefit UTM and Sheridan College.”

“The additional funding for Automotive Research and Innovation will help keep the economy of Ontario and Mississauga strong,” added MP Brad Butt (Mississauga Streetsville.) “Our Government is continuing to deliver support for small business employers and keeping taxes at a 50 year low for the hard working families of Mississauga.”

Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support Ontario families and strengthen our economy, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets in 2015, including:

• Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs;

• Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year;

• Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them;

• Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields;

• Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market;

• Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses;

• Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund;

• Conserving Canada’s Natural Heritage: investing in Canada’s national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more;

• Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more;

• Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more;

• Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim’s Bill of Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index;

• And much more.

Unlike the previous Liberal government, who balanced the budget on the backs of the provinces, the Conservative Government continued to grow provincial transfers to record levels. For Ontario, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $19.2 in 2014-15 – a whopping 76% increase from the previous Liberal government.

“Our Economic Action Plan 2014 is excellent news for the people and families in my riding of Mississauga-East Cooksville and throughout Canada. We are on track to balance the budget while keeping taxes low,” said MP Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville.) “At the same time our Conservative Government federal support has grown to historic levels, and Canadians can be confident that it will continue to grow into the future.”

Dechert addresses House of Commons on the Situation in Ukraine

January 29th, 2014

DechertB_hi Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by saying dobry den to all my Ukrainian friends and Ukrainian Canadians who I know are watching this evening.

I stand here with a great sense of frustration. As my colleague the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development mentioned, we were all here in December debating this very same issue. I myself have made four visits to Ukraine on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Canada in the last two years. I visited Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv, Sambir, and many other places. Wherever I went, I saw the people of Ukraine striving for democracy, freedom, a chance at a better economic future, integration with Europe, and yet the government of President Yanukovych refuses to listen to the people of Ukraine.

We sent a 500-person election monitoring mission to the last parliamentary elections in Ukraine, and we found many problems there. Canada sent the largest international election observation mission. Whether the next presidential election is held this year or in 2015, Canada will again be sending a large international election observation mission. Canada cares about Ukraine.

We should be here tonight celebrating the success of Ukraine. We should be celebrating Ukrainian democracy. We should be celebrating Ukraine’s integration with Europe. Instead, we are here to once again condemn this repressive government that wants to continually repress its people’s right to freedom and democracy. It wants to repress the rule of law, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. It wants to hold back people’s economic opportunities. In short, the Ukrainian government refuses to listen to the people it professes to govern and support.

I would like to begin by thanking all of the parties for agreeing to have this important emergency debate this evening. This is an issue that is near and dear to all of us in the House, given that Ukrainian Canadians have played such an instrumental role in building Canada.

More than 1.3 million Canadians have Ukrainian heritage. That number of people mixed among the total population of Canada, approximately 34 million Canadians, in my view makes Canada the most Ukrainian country in the world outside of Ukraine.

Whether we have Ukrainian heritage of our own or just have a good neighbour or friend of Ukrainian heritage, people all across Canada know the efforts Ukrainians have made for over 120 years to build this country. They are integrated in all levels of Canadian society. They are doctors, lawyers, athletes, musicians, and academics, and they are Canadians.

The first wave of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada came in, rode on a railway to the end of the line, were given a bag of seed and a shovel, and were told to walk another 100 miles, where they would find some land. Then they were to make it work. They opened up western Canada.

In my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, they came to work in the steel industries and built those industries. The neighbourhood where I grew up in Hamilton was 50% Ukrainian. Every day I saw how they contributed to this great country.

A few years ago I had the distinct honour of practising law with the Right Hon. Ramon Hnatyshyn, former Governor General of Canada, who was the first Governor General of Canada of Ukrainian origin and who held many roles in this very House as a member of Parliament for many years and in many different ministerial portfolios.

As we know, Canada has a long and proud history of supporting democracy in Ukraine. It is appropriate that Canada is having this emergency debate tonight, because on December 2, 1991, Canada became the very first western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. Ever since that day, Canada has had a strong connection with Ukraine. That recognition was initiated by former prime minister Mulroney.

In 2004, Canadians across this country watched their television sets as Ukrainians came together in that very same Maidan, asking for freedom in the Orange Revolution.

We were all glued to our TV sets to hear of the latest developments, and we were encouraged to see the outpouring of democracy in Ukraine. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse in recent years.

We implore the Ukrainian government to protect their people’s right to peaceful, democratic protest and free speech. With tonight’s emergency debate, we have the opportunity to send a strong message back to Ukraine and back to President Yanukovych and his regime.

Today Ukrainians in the Maidan and across Ukraine are rejecting their Soviet past and instead embracing western ideals of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and balanced justice. That is what the people of Ukraine are saying with the recent protests. They are fighting for a better future. They are fighting for hope.

Canada’s position has been clear. We are deeply disappointed with the Ukrainian government’s reaction to these peaceful protests. The new laws passed by President Viktor Yanukovych give the Ukrainian government, police, and security services harsh new powers that severely limit individual rights and freedoms. Our government believes that this is fundamentally inconsistent with democratic practice and of grave concern to all those who are committed to a free and democratic Ukraine.

While in Kiev just this past December, our Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Minister Kozhara, to express Canada’s grave concerns about the Ukrainian government’s crackdown on mass protests. Our minister also expressed to Minister Kozhara Canada’s expectation of the Ukrainian government to carry out an independent inquiry into the killings.

As a Canadian and a parliamentarian, I was proud to see our Minister of Foreign Affairs in Kiev defending the values we all hold dear. This was mentioned a few minutes ago in debate. Our minister, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, went to the Maidan, to Independence Square in Kiev, to stand with those protesters. I do not believe any other foreign minister in the world has done that.

Other members of this House, such as the member for Etobicoke Centre, were also there in December, standing shoulder to shoulder with the freedom-loving protesters in the Maidan and asking for a better future for all Ukrainians. At the same time, there were those in the opposition who were criticizing the Minister of Foreign Affairsfor being there, suggesting that perhaps he should not be at a protest, because that would indicate that Canada was taking one side over the other. I think it was the right thing to do and I think most Canadians think it was the right thing to do.

Our government has been engaged on this file, and we will continue to be. We urge the Ukrainian government to find a political solution by engaging in a real dialogue. We urge all Ukrainians to avoid violence. Continued violence will further undermine democracy and freedom in Ukraine and bring serious consequences.

We will review and consider all possible options, together with our international partners. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs Is meeting with the European Union foreign minister, the Hon. Catherine Ashton, and with other foreign ministers from the United States and from our other allies around the world so that we can collectively speak with a strong voice to condemn these actions in Ukraine and hopefully bring about some changes in Ukraine that will ensure freedom of protest and democracy and freedom of speech for the people of Ukraine. We will stand with the Ukrainian people, who courageously continue to speak out in support of democracy.

When we are discussing the current situation in Ukraine, I think it is also important to address the issue of religious freedom. I was pleased to see that Canada’s ambassador for religious freedom, the Hon. Andrew Bennett, was just in Ukraine over this past weekend in order to raise Canada’s concerns regarding the oppression of religious freedom and the attacks by the Yanukovych regime on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The last time we saw such repression was under Joseph Stalin, and no one wants to see Ukraine return to those days.

While in Kiev, Ambassador Bennett met with various clergy, including His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Patriarch Filaret of the Orthodox Church. I would like to note that instead of suppressing the voices of religious groups, Ukraine should be embracing the important role that can be played by clergy and faith-based organizations in encouraging dialogue among all parties.

As history has shown us, the suppression of religious freedom is often a predictor for the abuse of other fundamental human rights. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion are important principles of any truly democratic country. Canada has shown that we are committed to advancing democracy in Ukraine, and despite Ukraine’s recent tilt toward Russia, our government remains committed to long-term democratic development there. In fact, in 2012 Canada fielded its largest-ever international electoral observation mission by sending 500 Canadians to Ukraine.

Overall, Canada provided $11.4 million in support of the 2012 election process, particularly through Mission Canada, but also through support to Ukrainian civil society organizations that mobilized thousands of young volunteers to conduct their own election monitoring and public awareness campaigns.

Canada understands that a functioning and growing democracy needs active informed citizens, a free press, well functioning public institutions and the rule of law. Over the last 20-plus years, Canada has made an investment of approximately half a billion dollars in the development of democracy in Ukraine. That is because the people of Canada care about Ukraine. They want to see their friends and relatives, their brothers and sisters, the relatives of those who gave so much to our country have the same freedoms and opportunities for prosperity that we have here in Canada.

Canadian development assistance to Ukraine has always reflected this and will continue to do so. Despite Canada’s ongoing contributions and those from many other countries wanting and working for a more free and democratic Ukraine, recent events demonstrate that a democratic deficit still exists.

Earlier this evening mention was made of the report by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to the House on the situation in Ukraine. That happened in May 2012. I was a member of that delegation, as was my colleague, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, and many other members of the House.

We visited Kharkiv, Kiev, Lviv and Sambir. We met with people from all walks of life in Ukraine, ranging from members of parliament, members of the government, and members of the opposition to academics and people in the media. We found that there were many problems that needed to be addressed in Ukraine. We submitted the report to the House and it is very instructive. I would encourage all members of the House to read that report, because there are issues going on in Ukraine that started quite a few years ago and continue. We have seen them get worse and worse these last few months in Maidan and other places across Ukraine.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for granting us the ability to discuss the situation in Ukraine this evening. It is important for us to send a message that Canada and the world is watching. Canada is deeply troubled by the anti-democratic trends emerging in Ukraine. On that I will say that I have read quotes today by opposition leaders in Ukraine who know that this debate is taking place tonight in the Canadian Parliament. They are watching. Tomorrow the Verkhovna Rada will be meeting in Kiev. They will be debating these issues. I hope that these comments they are hearing tonight from us will give them courage to stand up for democratic principles and freedoms in Ukraine.

Canada is deeply troubled by these anti-democratic trends emerging in Ukraine, and our Prime Minister and our Conservative government will continue to stand with those Ukrainians who believe in freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Slava Ukraine! Slava Canada!

Dechert Participates in Roundtable with Chief Evans

January 17th, 2014

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Dechert Applauds Harper Government for launching national campaign to stop cyberbullying

January 10th, 2014

Campaign will raise awareness of cyberbullying and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images

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On January 9, 2014, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay, on behalf of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney, launched the Government of Canada’s anti-cyberbullying public awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online. The national campaign will raise awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying, and when this behaviour amounts to criminal activity.

Through television and online advertising, the first phase of the campaign, unveiled today, is designed to help parents understand when cyberbullying amounts to criminal activity. In February, a second phase of the campaign will reach out to youth to encourage them to take action against cyberbullying before it goes too far. The Government has also launched Canada.ca/StopHatingOnline, a comprehensive resource for parents and youth with the information, advice and tools they need to prevent and stop cyberbullying.

Through this national public awareness campaign, our Government is taking strong steps to help protect our children and youth from cyberbullying.

Quick Facts
•Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, was introduced November 20, 2013. This legislation would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted.
•The Government is also supporting the development of a number of school-based projects to prevent bullying, as part of $10 million in funding that was committed in 2012 towards new crime prevention projects.
•Other important projects that the Government supports to address cyberbullying include: ◦the RCMP’s Centre for Youth Crime Prevention, which offers resources, such as fact sheets, lesson plans and interactive learning tools, to youth, parents, police officers and educators on bullying and cyberbullying; and
◦the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Cybertip.ca and NeedHelpNow.ca websites, which Canadians can use to report online sexual exploitation of children and seek help from exploitation resulting from the non-consensual sharing of sexual images.

Dechert Supports Reuniting families and reducing backlogs in Canada’s immigration system

December 18th, 2013
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Mississauga, Ontario – Bob Dechert, MP for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice supports our Conservative Government’s plan to cut immigration backlogs and wait times and bringing families together more quickly.

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today the re-launch of the Parent and Grandparent Program.

Over the first six months of 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) admitted 45,000 permanent residents to Canada in the Family Class (FC). This represents an increase of 40 percent over the first six months of 2012. This increase can be attributed almost entirely to a doubling of admissions in the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) category over that time period.

Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world, but growing backlogs in the PGP program meant families could expect to wait eight years or more to bring their loved ones from overseas. A pause on new applications, combined with high admission levels, has helped reduce the backlog. The PGP program re-opens to new applications on January 2, 2014. It will re-open with tighter admission criteria and a cap on applications, which will continue to reduce the backlog and improve wait times for families.

“Our government understands the importance of spending time with family and loved ones, especially during the holiday season. Our government is making improvements to the immigration system so that families can be reunited more quickly,” said Bob Dechert, MP for Mississauga-Erindale.

“Because of our changes, Canada is on track to welcome more than 50,000 parents and grandparents in 2012-2013—the highest number in nearly a decade,” said Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister.

Application forms, guides and information on how to apply to the new PGP program will be made available online on December 31, 2013, just ahead of the PGP program re-opening.

Quick facts
In 2011, under Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification, the Government cut backlogs and wait times for sponsored parents and grandparents. Had no action been taken, it was predicted that the backlog could increase to 250,000 persons, with wait times of 15 years by 2015.

Of the 45,000 FC permanent residents admitted to Canada in the first six months of 2013, approximately 22,530 spouses and partners were admitted as permanent residents under the FC as well as 1,410 children, 20,700 parents, grandparents and their dependants as well as 360 other relatives and adopted children.

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa remains a fast and convenient option for parents and grandparents who want to spend longer periods of time with their families in Canada. To date, approximately 28,000 Super Visas have been issued with an approval rate of almost 85 percent. With more than 1,000 Super Visas being issued monthly, this has become one of CIC’s most popular initiatives.

Dechert Supports Our Government’s Actions to Crack Down on Cyberbullies

November 20th, 2013

Mississauga, Ontario – Bob Dechert, MP for Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice strongly supports our Conservative Government’s announcement of legislation to help keep our communities safer by cracking down on cyberbullies.

“Our Government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation,” said Dechert. “We have an obligation to help put an end to harmful online harassment and exploitation.”

The proposed legislation would:
■ban the non-consensual distribution of intimate images
■empower the courts to order the removal of intimate images from the internet
■permit the court to seize the computer, cell phone or electronic device used in the offence
■provide reimbursement for victims
■impose a maximum penalty of five years in prison

While bullying has always been a concern, technology has given the bullies a worldwide audience to the humiliation and intimidation of their victims.

These actions can destroy lives. Recent tragedies have helped show the seriousness of this crime, and our Conservative Government is taking the necessary action to help prevent it.

“Through this legislation, our Conservative Government is sending the message that the bullying and sexual exploitation of our children is a crime and will not be tolerated,” added Dechert.

This proposed legislation builds on our Governments continued efforts to crack down on cyberbullies and help stop online threats. Through resources such as NeedHelpNow.ca and our GetCyberSafe.gc.ca campaign, our Government is providing Canadians with the tools necessary to help protect themselves and their families.

At the same time, our Government is funding the development of a number of school-based projects to educate kids on the dangers of bullying and help prevent it before it begins.

Canadians can count on our Conservative Government to continue taking action to help keep our streets and communities safe.

For more information on Bullying Awareness Week, please visit the website www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.