Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister, Says C-51 A Top Priority

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Liberal candidate Ralph Goodale answers questions from reporters during a press conference in Ottawa on Aug. 5, 2015. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press) | CP

REGINA — Canada's new public safety minister says he wasn't expecting the post, but Ralph Goodale says he's pretty excited about getting it.

The Regina MP says it's a portfolio of huge importance to Canadians.

He says it is the equivalent of Homeland Security in the United States.

Goodale says the first thing on his plate is C-51, which gives expanded powers to police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

He must tackle the reversal of some of the more contentious anti-terrorism provisions contained in the law, and oversee a promise from the Liberals to have more parliamentary oversight of Canada's national security agencies.

The Liberal government announced Thursday the return of the long-form census, and Goodale says it's the first of many campaign promises the new government will roll out.

"There's more to come on the inquiry into missing and murdered women for example, dealing with the major issue of climate change, getting our new infrastructure program up and launched; there will be a lot of important delivery to be provided here very quickly," Goodale said Thursday from Ottawa.

(CKRM, The Canadian Press)

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