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Getting Things Done: Protecting Commuters and the Public Transportation System Tuesday, 14 November 2006 Canada’s New Government announced up to $37 million in funding for Canada’s largest public transit systems to further protect commuters from the threat of terrorism.

Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding for security projects including risk assessment, security plans, public awareness and security equipment. Funds will be provided to transit operators in Montreal, the National Capital Region, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Other communities will be eligible for assistance in future rounds of funding.

Terrorism is a world-wide problem and Canada is not immune from attack. In fact, Canada has been singled out as a target in taped messages by Al-Qaeda.

Today’s announcement builds on a series of measures already introduced by Canada’s New Government to protect the safety and security of Canadians, including:

- $101 million to provide side arms and training for our border officers;
- $303 million in the improvement of screening of cargo at airports; and,
- New measures to combat terrorist financing and money laundering.

Terrorism threatens all free and democratic societies.  Canada’s New Government is committed to keeping Canadians safe from the threat of terror.

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