ARCHIVED - Statement by Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 2, 2013

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Good afternoon.

As you are all aware, earlier today, the RCMP announced the arrests of two individuals on terrorism-related charges, as part of Project SOUVENIR.

The success of this operation was due to the close collaboration of our security and law enforcement agencies, including CSIS.

I would like to applaud the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams - known as INSET - and all of the partners for their outstanding work on this investigation.

Our government remains unwavering in its commitment to protect Canadians and this of course includes in the fight against terrorism.

We have taken strong steps to combat terrorism and keep Canadians safe. 

Recently, our Government passed the Combatting Terrorism Act and introduced Canada's first Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Our government also created the Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, and we have added nearly 3,000 frontline RCMP officers since forming government.

Project SOUVENIR is yet another example of the long-standing and productive intelligence sharing relationship between our law enforcement and security agencies.

Information sharing is a key component of Canada's Counter-Terrorism Strategy and is fundamental to protecting our citizens from terrorist threats.

Yesterday's arrests demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada.

The RCMP has assured me that at no time during the course of this investigation was there an imminent risk to the safety of Canadians. 

Our Government will continue to be vigilant and will ensure that law enforcement and security agencies have the tools they need to protect Canadians and their families.

As this is an ongoing investigation and prosecution, I will have no further comment on this matter.

Thank you

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