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Liberal government not immune from auto thefts: 48 vehicles stolen in recent years

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are trying to crack down on a scourge of auto thefts across the country. 

Recently released data show the federal government, too, is struggling to keep its own vehicles away from thieves. 

Documents tabled in the House of Commons this week show 48 government vehicles were stolen between January 2016 and February of this year, most of them in Ontario.

Vehicles from 14 departments and agencies were reported stolen, and the RCMP was hit hardest with 19 vehicles taken, mostly in the Prairies. 

Ministers are not immune, either: the government tracked at least three thefts of a justice minister’s vehicle. 

The documents say of the four dozen stolen vehicles, two were stolen more than once and 34 have been recovered. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2024. 

The Canadian Press

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