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OTTAWA, Ontario, March 27, 2012 — Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, and Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Felix Collins, today announced that the federal and provincial governments have reached an agreement to renew Newfoundland and Labrador's RCMP policing contract for another 20 years.

“Today is a significant milestone for RCMP Contract Policing,” said Minister Toews. “I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador have reached an agreement that will continue the relationship between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for the next two decades.”

“The RCMP has been a positive and well-respected policing presence in Newfoundland and Labrador for over 60 years,” said Felix Collins, Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “I am pleased that we have negotiated a successful contract with the Government of Canada that will continue for another 20 years.”

“Through the new Agreement, Newfoundland and Labrador will have increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of Contract Policing before decisions are made at the federal level,” said Minister Peter Penashue, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. “In renewing this Agreement for the next 20 years, we have collectively set the stage for a modernized police service model that will continue to be respected around the world.”

The Government of Canada negotiated with all contract provinces and territories for almost four years to arrive at an Agreement that addresses the interests of all parties. The new Agreement addresses key issues raised by the provinces and territories, including governance, accountability, program sustainability and cost containment. At the same time, it will ensure that communities continue to receive the most efficient, effective and sustainable police services possible.

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