for U.S. Homeland Security to Help Curb Gun Violence in Quebec
On September 24, Quebec
Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Security Geneviève
Guilbault held a press conference to announce Operation Centaur, the
Quebec government's strategy to combat gun violence. A $90 million
budget is being allocated to projects in four areas targeted for
1. "Rapid intervention with individuals who use or are at risk of using firearms;"
2. "Support for intervention and knowledge development;"
3. "Increased pressure and destabilization of criminal networks across Quebec;" and
4. "Prevent crime using community outreach initiatives."
Only later in the press conference did
Minister Guilbault mention the "collaboration" of U.S. Homeland
Security Investigations in a program "under the coordination of the
Quebec Police (SQ)," in which "all police forces in Quebec [and] the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the
Ontario Provincial Police, the City of Montreal Police (SPVM), the
Quebec City Police (SPVQ), the Laval and Longueuil police services as
well as the Aboriginal police forces under the direction of the
Association of First Nations and Inuit Police Directors of Quebec" will
The Quebec government does not
even bother to hide how little it opposes Canada's ever-increasing
integration with the brutal police powers of the United States. The
U.S. itself, "compared to 22 other high-income nations" has "the
highest rate of gun-related murders ... 25 times higher than the
The peoples of the world
witness every day the crimes committed by the U.S. imperialists both at
home and in the countries where they impose their presence. The people
of Quebec, who want to hold the police powers accountable for their
violence against youth, Indigenous people and people of national minority
backgrounds, can only be insulted that their safety at home is to be
placed in the hands of the same powers that brutalize them with
Moreover, to claim that Homeland Security
Investigations will submit to the "coordination of the Quebec Police"
is a morbid farce as everyone knows that the U.S. submits only to its
The people of Quebec aspire to live in
safety and to end all forms of violence. They, their organizations and
collectives, based on their broad experience, know that it is not
weapons per se that cause violence. Rather, the use
of weapons is a result of the chaos that results from an anti-social
agenda that leaves everyone fending for themselves. There is an effort
to create public opinion that every aspect of violence should be
studied and proposals to humanize society be given prominence.
By calling on the police powers here and in the United States,
the Quebec government is revealing the extent to which the Quebec
people lack control over all decisions that affect our security.
To see the press release from the Office of the Deputy Premier
and Minister of Public Security, click
"Violences par arme à feu aux États-Unis," Wikipedia.
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 10 - October 10, 2021