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Bill C-22 creates, for the first time, a special Parliamentary Committee with a specific national security review mandate. This important accomplishment could be a valuable tool, the following issues merit substantive examination.

Public attention on these issues is unprecedented, and for good reason. Modern immigration and refugee systems should go beyond erecting heated tents and ignoring the truth.

It’s been just over a month since Canadians learned that their federal government had decided to issue an apology to Omar Khadr and to provide him with $10.5M in ‘compensation’. Let's review the facts.

It’s been two and a half years since Alberta RCMP officer, David Wynn, was murdered by career criminal Shawn Rehn after being granted bail. Developed to address inadequacies related to bail hearings, Bill S-217 is scheduled for a final vote this week in Parliament. People will be watching.

If Canada is successful in working with the new Trump administration to achieve mutual security objectives, that could well have positive influence on how economic issues unfold, including cross-border trade.

This week’s successful prevention of a terrorist attack in Ontario merits appreciation of police work, but it raises important questions.

In light of the June 12th terrorist attack in Florida, where it appears law enforcement agencies had some information regarding the killer’s support for IS, it is important to be aware of the Canadian preventive measures that could have been used if the subject was in Canada.

Reviewing the annually published Public Accounts, illuminates number of areas where a re-allocation of funds could revitalize public funding to be beneficial and relevant to more Canadians.

The RCMP update on its internal review following the 2014 shooting of five officers in Moncton is largely silent on preventive policy issues. More can be done.

The realities of power are sinking in on both the Prime Minister and the new Cabinet Ministers who, upon appointment, were provided with quite precise…and public…mandate letters.

Bad things happen when political correctness and bureaucratic risk aversion are prioritized over public safety.

The new Government has made it clear that it intends to proceed with its campaign promise to bring 25K Syrian refugees from the war torn region to Canada and that it will try and do so before the end of this year. An ambitious plan but then converting political promise into government action often is.

It is a virtual certainty that Canadians can expect some changes from this new majority government on matters related to public safety and security.