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Public safety minister announces $327.6M to fight gangs and gun violence

Public safety minister announces $327.6M to fight gangs and gun violence
From CBC - November 17, 2017

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodaleannouncedthe federal government will spend $327.6 million over fiveyears on anti-gang initiatives andgun crime crackdown.

He said his government is "ramping up" to spending $100 million annually, which will start once the first five years is up.

The announcement was made in Surrey, B.C. a city that has been plagued by gang violenceon Friday morning.

Goodale said that money will help cut down on gun crime and criminal activity, and will support communities, law enforcement and border operations.

He also announced Ottawa will be convening a national guns and gangs summit in March 2018, that will bring together experts, front-line personnel and decision-makers.

'Deeply troubling'

During the announcement, Goodale called the gang situation "deeply troubling."

"The problem does really stretch, in one way or another, across the country. But there are areas where the risk is more intense," he said.

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