Canada upset as ambulance held back at border

Duplicates:
• North Bay Nugget
• Guelph Mercury
PUBLICATION: Sault Star (ON)
DATE: 2007.11.19
SECTION: News
PAGE: A12
SOURCE: CANADIAN PRESS
DATELINE: TORONTO
WORD COUNT: 159

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Canada upset as ambulance held back at border

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A report says Canada is calling for a review of border security after an ambulance transporting a heart attack patient from Windsor, Ont., to a Detroit hospital was delayed.

In the incident last Monday, 46-year-old Rick Laport was being rushed to Detroit for an emergency angioplasty.

The ambulance was stopped by U.S. customs and the driver and Laport were required to identify themselves.

CTV News reports Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has expressed concern about the delay in a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

CTV says Day asked Chertoff that border procedures be reviewed.

Laport's wife, Kat Lauzon, says he could have died because of the five-minute delay.

"We need something done about this,'' Lauzon told CTV. "Not one person should die because of that type of miscommunication, or whatever you want to call it.''

New Democrat MP Brian Masse told CTV that "it's another sad chapter of what's happening at the border.''

The ambulance incident was second such incident recently at a U.S. border crossing.

Last Sunday, volunteer firefighters rushing from Quebec to assist a small-town fire department in upper New York State were held up while being grilled about their identification.

While they were delayed for up to 15 minutes, the landmark Anchorage Inn in Rouses Point, N.Y., burned to the ground.