Fu­ture cuts loom­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FO­RUM -

“For days now the Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter has in­sisted on telling us that all is well at the bor­der cross­ing in Stanstead. He con­tin­ues to ig­nore the sit­u­a­tion and re­peat that C-31 will mag­i­cally fix the prob­lem. But on Mon­day again, 11 new peo­ple were in­ter­cepted in Ma­gog,” he said.

Bill C-31, which re­ceived royal as­sent and has had the force of law since June 28, has done noth­ing to pre­vent smug­glers from cross­ing in Stanstead. “It’s time the Min­is­ter re­al­ized that C-31 is a fail­ure and that fu­ture cuts won’t fix any­thing,” said Rousseau.

Only by re­vers­ing these cuts of more than $140M to bor­der ser­vices and in­creas­ing bor­der sur­veil­lance will we cor­rect the prob­lem.

Ex­as­per­ated by the Min­is­ter’s in­ac­tion, Rousseau de­cided to send him a let­ter urg­ing him to take ac­tion. “Will the Min­is­ter fi­nally take the sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously? Will he work with the NDP and the com­mu­nity to find ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions?,” con­cluded the MP.

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