Cuts to border services:
Jean Rousseau happy with NPD resolution
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.