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

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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

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