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October 31, 2007

The Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety

Dear Minister,

I have the honour of submitting on behalf of the CSC Review Panel, a report which reviews, as mandated, the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) operational priorities, strategies and business plans. This report is an independent assessment of CSC's contributions to public safety and also includes advice on how the Panel believes the current federal correctional system can be improved.

I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks to each of the Panel members for their individual expertise and backgrounds, which contributed to the richness of discussions and the wholeness of this report.

Throughout the past six months of this review, we have gained further knowledge and insight about the federal correctional system, thanks to the openness and accessibility of CSC, from frontline staff and unions to managers and executive staff. Also, the CSC Review Panel Secretariat appointed to support and facilitate the operations of this review deserve our heartfelt thanks for their insight and advice throughout this review process.

The Panel believes that this review provides a realistic roadmap for Canada's federal correctional system to address the very real immediate needs now facing CSC; and to prepare the system for new challenges anticipated in the future. We strongly believe that if all of the recommendations in this report are supported and implemented, the safety of Canadians will be further enhanced.

Respectfully submitted,

Rob Sampson
CSC Review Panel

Serge Gascon, Panel Member

Ian Glen, Panel Member

Clarence Louie, Panel Member

Sharon Rosenfeldt, Panel Member

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