Cuts to bor­der ser­vices:

Jean Rousseau happy with NPD res­o­lu­tion

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau was happy with the emer­gency res­o­lu­tion con­cern­ing ma­jor cuts by the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment to the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency (CBSA) adopted by NDP del­e­gates gath­ered in Montreal this week­end.

The res­o­lu­tion rec­om­mends that the gov­ern­ment pro­vide the CBSA, in agree­ment with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, with the re­sources nec­es­sary to guar­an­tee bor­der se­cu­rity while main­tain­ing the flu­id­ity re­quired by bor­der com­mu­ni­ties.

“It is ex­cel­lent news for our re­gion,” said Rousseau. “We now have a pre­cise frame­work within which we can work to get the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to take de­ci­sions in the in­ter­est of all cit­i­zens in our re­gion.”

Hu­man traf­fick­ing ac­tiv­i­ties were con­firmed in Stanstead by in­ter­nal RCMP doc­u­ments, as well as a case of arms traf­fick­ing. 300 peo­ple also crossed the bor­der il­le­gally near Stanstead. These ac­tiv­i­ties are oc­cur­ring at a time when the gov­ern­ment has made $143.4M to the CBSA, af­fect­ing 260 Quebec em­ploy­ees.

The con­ven­tion of the NDP Quebec wing took place from Fri­day to Sun­day at the Palais des con­grès de Mon­tréal.

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