Bonsant would like answers
Local MP France Bonsant is unable to give a comment regarding last Friday’s meeting between Prime Minister Harper and President Obama. “Whenever we ask a question, in the House or in committee, we are unable to get an answer from the government. We have no idea what’s going on or what the Harper government is trying to do about the border problem. I have seven border crossings in my riding and I cannot get an answer from that government on the future of them!” Mrs. Bonsant went on to say that her colleague Maria Mourani, who is on the Public Security House Committee, is also coming away empty-handed after questioning the Conservative government about what is going on.
Florent Roy, the local union official for the Canada Border Services Agency, told the Stanstead Journal that the hours at Glen Sutton, Morses Line and East Pinnacle and other stations will be limited to day opening only, from 8 am to 4 pm, while the American border post will remain open 24 hours a day.
If this was not enough, a Senatorial committee in the United States denounced what it called the lax enforcement on the Northern border following a government report from the General Accounting Office at the request of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Joe Lieberman, that stated: 32 of the nearly 4,000 northern border miles in fiscal year 2010 had reached an acceptable level of security.
Commenting on the report, Senator Lieberman from Connecticut said: “The numbers speak for themselves. These findings should sound a loud
alarm to the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian government, and our Committee. The American people are grossly under-protected along our northern border. We’ve got to work together with our neighbours in Canada to raise our guard. We should at the very least be able to detect all illegal entries from Canada into the U.S. so we can get this information into the hands of law enforcement agencies that are well situated to make the necessary arrests.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, said: “The fact that the Border Patrol has full situ- ational awareness of only approximately one-quarter of the miles along the northern border is cause for concern. This report concludes that the Border Patrol, together with its Canadian and state and local law enforcement partners, does not have the ability to detect illegal crossings and to intercept these individuals along the vast majority of the border with Canada. These illegal crossers include individuals seeking to illegally immigrate, criminals trafficking humans and smuggling drugs and, potentially, terrorists. One of my top priorities has been to ensure that our border is open to our friends but closed to those who would do us harm.”