Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):
Madam Speaker, I agree with my hon. friend that the situation is serious. The government has been moving on several fronts to deal with it. I am not in a position to reveal all of those on the floor of the House of Commons. Suffice it to say, we have increased funding to provide for increased surveillance on the policing side of things as well as on the customs side of things.
I might also say that with the opposition's help we have recently amended the proceeds of crime legislation to enable us to move on another front.
I make no bones about it: It is a serious situation and it is one that we are moving on. We are making an effort to try to improve the situation.
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