In­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

On­tario boy, 6, on travel se­cu­rity risk list.

The fed­eral pub­lic safety min­is­ter says he’ll in­ves­ti­gate the case of a six-year-old On­tario boy whose name ap­pears to be on a travel se­cu­rity risk list.

Ralph Goodale’s in­volve­ment in the mat­ter comes af­ter the boy’s fa­ther tweeted a photo from Toronto’s Pear­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port last week that ap­pears to show his son’s name, Syed Adam Ahmed, with a “DHP’’ or “deemed high pro­file’’ la­bel and in­struc­tions on how to pro­ceed be­fore al­low­ing the boy to check in.

The fa­ther wrote: “Why is our (Cana­dian born) 6 year old on DHP no fly list? He must clear se­cu­rity each time. He is 6.’’

His ques­tion was di­rected at Air Canada, the air­line fa­ther and son were fly­ing on Dec. 31 for their trip to the NHL Win­ter Clas­sic in Bos­ton.

The boy’s mother, Khadija Ca­jee, said the fam­ily has had to deal with the is­sue in the past.

She says they’ve never been able to check their son in for flights on­line, and he needs spe­cial clear­ance ev­ery time they go to the air­port.

The boy and his fa­ther were both born in Canada, and Ca­jee’s fam­ily came to the coun­try from South Africa, flee­ing apartheid, she said.

Ca­jee doesn’t know why her son is on the list, but she as­sumes he shares a name with some­one who ac­tu­ally earned a place on it.

“My hus­band and I were jok­ing — my son and my hus­band are really big Habs fans — so we were jok­ing that maybe a Leafs fan made this list,’’ said the Markham, Ont, res­i­dent.

Goodale said he’s re­view­ing the case, and will up­date the fam­ily when he has all the de­tails.

“Cana­di­ans ex­pect their gov­ern­ment to de­liver on two vi­tal im­per­a­tives — namely, keep­ing them safe while safe­guard­ing their val­ues and this coun­try’s fun­da­men­tal char­ac­ter. That is our con­stant goal,’’ Goodale said in a state­ment sent to The Cana­dian Press.

Ca­jee said she hoped the gov­ern­ment would keep her son’s rights in mind.

“My ques­tion would be, are we will­ing to sur­ren­der the lib­er­ties of a child to en­sure that se­cu­rity? I hope they keep that in mind,’’ she said.

Ca­jee also said she’s go­ing to be meet­ing with her MP, Jane Philpott, later this week to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Air Canada did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

CP PHOTO

Ralph Goodale, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safety and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness lis­tens to a ques­tion dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Na­tional Press The­atre in Ot­tawa on Nov. 24.

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