Anti-Terrorism Act – An Important Balance of Priorities: Hayes

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“On October 22nd, 2014, I arrived in Parliament for our weekly caucus meeting. This meeting was to be a special meeting, as Prime Minister Harper was to report on his visit to Sault Ste. Marie the week before. Instead, this caucus meeting and that day, October 22nd, will forever remain etched in my memory as the day terrorism came to the heart of our democracy, to Canada`s Parliament.

Canadians understand that their freedom and security go hand in hand. They expect their Government to protect both. The fundamental fact is that our police and national security agencies are working to protect our rights and our freedoms. It is jihadi terrorists who would endanger our security and who would take away our freedoms.

Canada will not take a seat on the sidelines as the Liberals and the NDP would have us do. Canadians have been targeted by an international jihadist movement that has declared war on us simply because they hate our society and the values it represents. Jihadi terrorists have declared war on Canada and Canadians by name, and last October violent attacks were carried out on our own soil.

That is why we have joined our Allies in the international coalition in the fight against ISIL. Tom Mulcair, the leader of the NDP, and Trudeau both opposed the military mission saying they would withdraw our forces and our support. They do not understand that we are living in a dangerous world, and that our responsibility is to act, to lead and to protect.

While the worst people in the world brag about their despicable acts of violence, and threaten to further harm Canadians, a Conservative Government will stay the course to protect Canadians. Sault Ste. Marie can count on our Conservative party to stand up to terrorists and criminals.”