Harper announces extra money for RCMP, border services

Money will help the Mounties conduct criminal investigations related to terrorism, PM says

MONTREAL – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government will provide substantial resources to the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency in the fight against terrorism.

Harper announced in Montreal today that the RCMP will receive $150.4 million in new money over five years, beginning in 2015-16, and $46.8 million a year after.

The money will go to help the Mounties conduct criminal investigations related to terrorism.

The border-services agency will get $5.4 million over five years and $1.1 million annually in subsequent years, with some of the funds earmarked for identifying high-risk travellers.

Harper says violent jihadism is not a future possibility but is a reality in Canada and around the world.

He was speaking at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, where 10 youths were arrested last weekend after being suspected of wanting to leave Canada to go join jihadist groups.

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