Bad, bad border law
Re A Fair Trade For A Slimmer Border (editorial, Aug. 11): You could not be more wrong about granting additional powers to U.S. Customs and Border security. The sooner this bill is withdrawn, or dies on the order paper, the better for all Canadians.
If you produced a ranked list of the accountability, trustworthiness and transparency of police and quasi-police agencies from mall cops to international spies, at the bottom of the list would be U.S. Border Services. To suggest that these new powers would not be used without racial profiling is naive in the extreme.
With no definition of “temporary” detainment, no right of appeal or review process, without being subject to Canadian laws, with no access to information on the activity of the U.S. Border Services, these are the last people who should be granted any, let alone added, powers in Canada.
I agree with the Rolling Stones reference: What I want is fair and equal treatment for everyone who is subject to public oversight, what you can’t have is a fast lane for white folks, while others, particularly someone with a Muslim name, is strip searched.
If the government goes ahead with this flawed legislation, I recommend we start setting aside funds for the millions of dollars in lawsuits resulting from U.S. actions with Canada’s active participation, or have we forgotten Guantanamo already?
If the U.S. agents working in Canada don’t feel safe without their guns, tell them to stay home, where I am sure they’ll feel much safer – given the gun death rate in the United States? – Cathy McRae, Thunder Bay, Ont.