Ed­die and Jes­sica Mau­rice tes­tify at Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Safety

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John Barlow, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Foothills, wel­comed con­stituents Ed­die and Jes­sica Mau­rice to Ot­tawa on Oct. 18 as wit­nesses tes­ti­fy­ing in front of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Safety on the study into ru­ral crime.

Fol­low­ing their tes­ti­mony, John Barlow is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“Ru­ral crime is one of the top do­mes­tic is­sues in Canada, con­sis­tently dom­i­nat­ing head­lines na­tion­wide, as was the case with Ed­die and Jes­sica Mau­rice ear­lier this year. Mr. Mau­rice was the vic­tim of a ru­ral crime on his prop­erty in Oko­toks. The im­pact on Mr. Mau­rice and his fam­ily has been pro­found and eight months later he is still over­com­ing sys­tem­atic hur­dles to get his life back to nor­mal," ex­plained Barlow in the state­ment. “Ed­die and Jes­sica shared their story with the Mem­bers on Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee to­day, which brought a true hu­man as­pect and un­der­stand­ing to this study of ru­ral crime. Many of the Mem­bers on Com­mit­tee are from ur­ban rid­ings, and prior to hear­ing this tes­ti­mony may not have truly grasped the chal­lenges fac­ing home­own­ers across ru­ral Canada.

“A re­cent RCMP re­port noted prop­erty crime in ru­ral Al­berta has in­creased by 41% in the past 5 years, although Al­berta’s pop­u­la­tion only in­creased by 8%. This is a cri­sis in ru­ral Canada and we need to find solutions to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. I ap­pre­ci­ate Ed­die and Jes­sica tak­ing time away from their fam­ily and busi­nesses to tes­tify at Com­mit­tee and bring the mes­sage to Ot­tawa change needs to oc­cur to ad­dress ru­ral crime.”

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