Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

June 10, 2005 09:00 ET

Canadian Municipalities Unanimously Call for Border Patrol, CEUDA Applauds

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 10, 2005) - At its Annual Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, earlier this week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities adopted an Emergency Resolution that will see the FCM lobby the federal government to give to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) the first-response mandate to patrol the border between points of entry while working in partnership with the RCMP and other police forces.

Ron Moran, representing 10,500 members, more than 5,000 of whom are Customs Officers that include Canada's uniformed Officers working on the front-lines, as well as the Investigation, Intelligence, and Trade Customs Officers, says, "The FCM adopted the Resolution unanimously, asking that the Federal Government give the first-response mandate to be delivered by way of a Canadian Border Patrol at and between land border points-of-entry to the newly created CBSA."

CEUDA has long called for a Canadian Border Patrol but most recently during testimony before the Justice Committee of the House of Commons on March 22. CEUDA informed the Committee that according to CBSA figures 1,600 vehicles blew by Customs ports without stopping last year, that there are some 225 unguarded roads entering Canada from the U.S. across the country, that 3,000 vehicles enter Canada via just 2 of those roads in Quebec each year, and that the RCMP has abandoned its mandate at the border by closing community Detachments along the border and relocating Police resources to major urban centres instead.

Bill C-26 formally creates the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and also establishes its mandate. The Bill is heading to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence for study and possible amendments. Moran adds, "While it has been CEUDA's intention to lobby the Senate Committee to amend the Bill so as to broaden CBSA's mandate and grant it authority and responsibility to have the first-response mandate at and between ports of entry, we're delighted to learn this will also be the FCM mandate in keeping with this newly adopted Resolution."

CEUDA applauds the FCM for this Resolution. Border security in Canada must be given greater attention and treated with higher priority by the federal Government.

Contact Information

    Ron Moran
    National President
    (613) 677-1090
    Erik Lupien
    Communications and Political Coordination Officer
    (613) 723-8008