Human Trafficking: Government finnally responding to NDP Calls
For months, the NDP has called on the government to take action against human smuggling in Stanstead
New Democrats are delighted that the Conservatives are finally taking action on human trafficking in Stanstead, an issue that was been raised many times by the NDP in recent months.
“We made access to information requests and found that more than 300 people have crossed the Stanstead border illegally since the beginning of 2012. Also revealed was arms and human trafficking happening at the border. But the Conservatives continued to deny the problem. Today, they are finally reacting,” said Public Safety deputy critic, Rosane Doré Lefebvre (AlfredPellan).
She regretted however that today’s announcement was made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “Where was Public Safety Minister Vic Toews?,” said Doré Lefebvre. “The security of our borders and human trafficking are matters of public safety, not immigration.”
“The minister doesn’t seem to understand that immigrants are the victims of criminal networks which try to take advantage of them,” said colleague Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead). “Instead of criminalizing the victims, we should be addressing the source of the problem: organized crime.”
Rousseau is still awaiting the government’s explanation for its dangerous $143M in cuts to the Canada Border Services Agency. “Our border an easy target for criminals to take advantage of because of the lack of resources. Conservative cuts are not only unwarranted, but they threaten the peace of mind of our communities and make life easier for smugglers