Ottawa: The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued a statement following the arrests of two individuals in Kingston, one of whom was charged with two terrorism-related offences:

“I commend the RCMP and all of Canada’s national security agencies, as well as the Kingston Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and United States Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work and collaboration on ensuring the public safety of Canadians.

“These kinds of incidents serve to underscore the critical importance of having strong anti-terrorism laws and appropriate penalties for those found guilty of breaking them. Canada’s Conservatives have worked steadfastly to strengthen new Liberal anti-terror laws that actually aimed to water down penalties for terrorist offenders and restrict the ability of investigative agencies to disrupt terror plots.

“It is also clear that Canada’s refugee screening process needs to be seriously examined. We’ve recently learned of several examples of dangerous individuals entering the country due in part to lax screening procedures.

“In 2017, an audit of the Canada Border Services Agency reported, ‘39 cases did not receive the necessary security screening and therefore, potential security threats may not have been identified prior to granting admissibility.’ This is completely unacceptable and must be immediately remedied.

“Conservatives will continue fighting against Justin Trudeau’s attempts to weaken Canada’s national security laws and implement real policies to ensure that Canada’s streets and communities are safe.”