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Mr. Tom Wappel, MP
Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Dear Mr. Wappel:
I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the First Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on the Canadian Coast Guard, entitled "Safe, Secure, Sovereign: Reinventing the Canadian Coast Guard".
You will note in the response that as a result of the December 12, 2003 announcement by the Government of Canada of its intent to redefine the Coast Guard as a Special Operating Agency (SOA), and the related Order in Council transferring maritime safety and security policy and regulations to Transport Canada, the Government of Canada has addressed several of the issues raised in the SCOFO report.
Issues related to maritime security have been addressed by the Government of Canada's National Security Policy, which characterizes the Coast Guard maritime security role as one of proactive support to the federal security community.
As an SOA, Coast Guard will continue to provide vital support to maritime commerce, safety and oceans management, while at the same time being well positioned to be an integral part of the government's maritime security strategy.
The Government of Canada has responded to concerns regarding Coast Guard funding in Budget 2005, which provides funding for the acquisition, operation and maintenance of a total of 10 new vessels for the Coast Guard. This funding is in addition to the $47.3 million annually in capital for fleet and shore-based infrastructure provided to the Coast Guard under Budget 2003.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for the report. I look forward to working with SCOFO further on these issues in future.
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