FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA – Parry Sound-Muskoka Member of Parliament, Tony Clement, expressed disappointment today that his private member`s legislation to stem the flow of foreign funding promoting radicalization and extremism in Canada has been voted down.
“The government voted against my Bill, the Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act, missing an opportunity to address a significant gap in our national security framework,” said Clement. “I am proud to say I had the support of my Conservative caucus on this Bill, and will continue to work to suppress the influence of foreign funding wherever it serves to promote radicalization and hate in our country.”
In not supporting the legislation, the Liberal government has failed to recognize that the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada identified 683 terrorist financing incidences between 2009 and 2014 alone that have had no prosecutions under the current relevant sections of the criminal code.
“Without doubt there is a gap in the system and Conservatives take the prevention of radicalization, the eradication of extremism and the safety of Canadians seriously. Security experts, and anti-radicalization advocates, including those in the Muslim community, have called for controls on incoming funds that support radicalization and extremism,” said Clement. “My hope now is that the Liberal government will work with Conservatives in making certain upcoming anti-terrorism legislation addresses these significant concerns.”