The RCMP will receive $ 150.4 million in new money over five years, beginning in 2015-16, and $ 46.8 million a year after, with the money going to help the Mounties conduct terrorism-related criminal investigations.
“Obviously, we have great sympathy for the families affected, but let us be clear: we have a great country here. We have a country that is unparalleled in terms of its freedom, its democracy, its openness and its tolerance,” the prime minister told reporters after making his announcement.
“And there is no legitimate reason of any kind in this country for someone to become a violent jihadist or a terrorist or to join any kind of group that is involved or advocates that kind of activity.
Violent jihadism is not a future trend, but a current reality, in Canada and around the world, Harper said, adding that the extra funds being allocated will be important in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“The reason the international community has intervened in Iraq is the serious threat that ISIS poses . . . . We’ve had some successes, but, at the same time, it is no secret this is an ongoing battle. This organization poses a great threat and continues to pose a great threat, obviously, to security in Iraq and Syria.
“That is its stated objective.”