Minister Kwinter, Ontario Law Enforcement Officials Meet U.S. Ambassador To Canada To Discuss Security Issues

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Minister Kwinter, Ontario Law Enforcement Officials Meet U.S. Ambassador To Canada To Discuss Security Issues

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Wilkins Makes Inaugural Trip To Toronto TORONTO, July 28 - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter and officials from the Ontario law enforcement community met new United States Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins yesterday to discuss public security and policing issues and challenges facing leaders in the United States and Canada. "We had a very useful and constructive meeting," Kwinter said. "It was the ambassador's first official meeting with Canadian law enforcement officials and it gave us both an opportunity to discuss the challenges we face in attempting to keep our respective citizens safe." At his Washington swearing-in on June 21, Wilkins named security and trade as his top priorities and remembered both Canada's hospitality toward American airline passengers stranded after the attacks on September 11, 2001, and Ottawa's continuing commitment to democracy and reconstruction in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Those joining Minister Kwinter and Ambassador Wilkins were Consul General Jessica LeCroy, Julian Fantino, Ontario Commissioner of Emergency Management and representatives of the Ontario Provincial Police, municipal police services, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "I enjoyed meeting Minister Kwinter and the leading law enforcement officials in Ontario," Ambassador Wilkins said. "The U.S. and Canada have a long standing history of mutual cooperation in the areas of security and law enforcement and we had an excellent exchange and look forward to expanding this relationship." Among the topics discussed were cross-border trade and security to ensure the continued safe and free flow of people, goods and services between Ontario and the U.S. "I appreciate Ambassador Wilkins choosing to meet with Ontario officials so soon after his appointment," Kwinter said. "We look forward to working closely with the U.S. on issues of public safety and security." Disponible en fran├žais www.mpss.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Mary Galati, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5844; Bruce O'Neill, Communications Branch, (416) 326-5005