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December 15, 2010 15:40 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Commends Collaborative Efforts of Law Enforcement on Project Soccer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today commending the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Project Soccer, a joint initiative that halted a network of vehicles allegedly stolen in Montreal and destined for Africa.

"I applaud the collaboration of law enforcement on this initiative, involving the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, RCMP and CBSA" said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "These actions once again demonstrate how the outstanding cooperation between law enforcement agencies makes our communities safer. Our government remains committed to ensuring that our law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to tackle crime."

The Government of Canada recently made legislative amendments to the Criminal Code, which will come into force upon proclamation, to address auto theft and trafficking in property obtained by crime (Bill S-9). This legislation will help the CBSA and law enforcement partners in preventing the exportation of property obtained by crime, including stolen vehicles.

For more information on Project Soccer, please see the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) news release (

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