Police chiefs across the country are sounding the alarm over a recent rise in violent crime. Ten police officers in Canada have been killed since September, and violent attacks on public transit have many Canadians concerned about safety in their communities. After pressure from the provinces and police, the federal government introduced new bail reform changes aimed at cracking down on repeat violent offenders. ‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson sits down with Justice Minister David Lametti to talk about whether this new change will really curb violent crime.
Plus, foreign interference has dominated discussions in Ottawa for months. Conservative MP Michael Chong, who was a target of intimidation by China, appeared before a committee urging the government to be more transparent with Parliament and the public. Ahead of special rapporteur David Johnston’s long-awaited announcement over whether Canada will have a public inquiry into foreign interference, ‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson speaks with Bob Fife, the Ottawa bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, and Stephanie Levitz from The Toronto Star about what this interference scandal means for the parties moving forward – whether or not an inquiry is called.
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