Ar­rest of Arms Traf­ficker con­firms Pub­lic Safety is­sue: Rousseau

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ot­tawa

There­cent ar­rest of an arms traf­ficker sus­pected of il­le­gally smug­gling weapons into Canada through Stanstead con­firms that the lack of bor­der se­cu­rity is a pub­lic safety is­sue, said New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice an­nounced that an Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen was ac­cused last week of arms traf­fick­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, she would have crossed the Derby Line/Stanstead bor­der in March 2011 with il­le­gal weapons.

“It’s what we’ve been say­ing all along: il­le­gal im­mi­grants are only the re­flec­tion of a more se­ri­ous prob­lem in Stanstead. Traf­fick­ers don’t stop to re­port to au­thor­i­ties once they’ve crossed the bor­der,” said Rousseau.

“With the Con­ser­va­tives’ bor­der cuts, we can ex­pect this type of case to hap­pen more fre­quently,” added NDP deputy critic for Pub­lic Safety, Rosane Doré Le­feb­vre. “For ev­ery ar­rest, how many traf­fick­ers cross the bor­der with­out be­ing caught? We must in­crease bor­der sur­veil­lance with­out de­lay.”

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