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PICTOU, Nova Scotia, April 13, 2012 — The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence today joined Nova Scotia's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ross Landry at an event in Pictou, Nova Scotia celebrating the renewal of the province's RCMP Police Services Agreement. Minister MacKay was participating on behalf of Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews.

“The principle of this agreement is increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of Contract Policing before decisions are made at the federal level,” said Minister MacKay. “In renewing this Agreement for the next 20 years, we have set the stage for a modernized police service model that will continue to be respected around the world.”

“Renewing Nova Scotia's RCMP Police Services Agreement is an important event for the RCMP and for the residents of Nova Scotia,” said Minister Toews. “RCMP Contract Policing and Police Services Agreements go to the very core of the federal government's mandate to provide for the safety and security of Canadians.”

“The RCMP have provided high-quality policing to Nova Scotia communities for almost 80 years, and I'm pleased that they will continue to keep our streets safe for the next 20 years as the provincial police force,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice for Nova Scotia.

Contract Policing dates back to 1906 and is the foundation of Canada's policing model. Through RCMP Contract Policing, Canada has a seamless intelligence link from our local communities to our international policing activities. The new Agreement addresses key issues raised by the provinces and territories during almost four years of negotiating, 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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