Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

November 08, 2007 16:56 ET

Minister of Public Safety Comments on the Seizure of Illicit Drugs and Handguns at Peace Bridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today concerning a recent seizure of hashish and hand guns at the Peace Bridge border crossing with the United States.

"Recent media reports have noted the frustration expressed by some travellers over longer than normal wait times at the Peace Bridge. However, those same media reports didn't necessarily tell the whole story.

On November 4, 2007, 161 buses crossed the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers intercepted and seized four kilograms of hashish and nine handguns from a bus returning from New York City. This seizure took place during a high-volume period of cross-border traffic.

While I share the frustration that waiting in a line-up will cause, at the same time, it is important to recognize that facilitating the flow of goods and people at our borders must be balanced with vigilance and the need to protect public safety and security.

The Government of Canada commends the CBSA and its law enforcement partners for their efforts. Their actions are helping to keep our communities and families safe by keeping guns and illegal drugs off the street. We will continue to give them the full support they need to carry out their vitally important work."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863