Ottawa grants $42 million to Quebec to fight gun violence

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Ottawa grants $42 million to Quebec to fight gun violence

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino announced the federal aid along with his Canadian Heritage colleague Pablo Rodriguez and the commander of neighborhood station 49, Emmanuel Anglade.

Ottawa will provide $41.8 million to the Quebec government to help prevent gun violence, federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino announced at a press briefing in Rivière -des-Prairies, in the east of Montreal.

These funds, provided through the Building Safer Communities Fund, will be used to strengthen initiatives to prevent gun violence in municipalities as well as in Indigenous communities there. where the needs are greatest.

The Minister indicated that the distribution of the money will be in accordance with the objectives of the CENTAURE program of the Quebec strategy put in place in October 2021. The details will have to be finalized by the provincial government and the municipalities.

The goal [of this investment] is to stop the violence before it starts, the minister said. He believes this money will help address the root causes of gun and gang crime and provide opportunities for young people to help them make positive life choices.

The announcement comes the day the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) killed a man suspected of being involved in a series of murders perpetrated over two days in Montreal and Laval.

Accompanied by Pablo Rodriguez as well as representatives of community groups, Marco Mendicino deplored the alarming increase in armed violence and shootings in the metropolis and other regions of Quebec, while emphasizing before the Trudeau government's initiatives to counter them.

The Minister, for example, recalled the investments to fight against the smuggling of weapons at the border, the tabling of a bill last May proposing a national freeze on the sale of handguns and the mandatory buy-back program assault weapons, banned for two years.

Calling these commitments historic but insufficient, Mendicino argued that any solution to gun violence must include prevention and intervention efforts.

Colleague Pablo Rodriguez explained that the fight against armed violence must take different forms.

< p class="e-p">In addition to the legislative component governing the obtaining and sale of weapons, he recalled the importance of working with organizations that know the challenges and know how to intervene with young people in order to keep them away from the clutches of organized crime. /p>

Also present at the press conference, members of the community group Équipe RDP praised the federal effort, even describing it as significant and positive for the organizations that work with youth.

We know young people, their challenges, what they experience on a daily basis and what they need, argued Kingslyne Toussaint.

Between 2020 and 2021, 45 events involving firearms occurred in Rivière- des-Prairies.

Recognizing the importance of prevention in primary and secondary schools, she insisted on the importance of giving life options to marginalized and criminalized young people.

His colleague Riguerre Antoine believes that this money will help his organization carry out its reintegration work. “I refuse to see a little 5th grader being criminalized. If we do our job badly, if we don't guide it well, we know what path it might take,” he said.

“Now that the federal government has assumed its responsibilities, we expect from the provincial government and Montreal that; they also take their responsibilities. »

— Riguerre Antoine, from Équipe RDP

The population of Rivière-des-Prairies is one of the most affected by the increase in violence army in Montreal. Between 2020 and 2021, 45 events involving firearms were recorded in this borough in the northeast of the metropolis.

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