MASSE DECRIES THE LOSS OF CANADIAN SOVEREIGNTY: Border Pact will allow U. S. Homeland security agents to use weapons and make arrests in Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2009

MASSE DECRIES THE LOSS OF CANADIAN SOVEREIGNTY
Border Pact will allow U. S. Homeland security agents to use weapons and make arrests in Canada

Ottawa, On- Today, Brian Masse, M. P. (Windsor West) and NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic, condemned during question period in the House of Commons a new border agreement will allow United States Homeland Security agents to use weapons and make arrests in Canada.

In a question to the Public Safety Minister Masse stated “Mr. Speaker, This morning we saw the Minister do everything in his power to capitulate to US Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano. The Minister is trying to make the surrendering our sovereignty sound like a success. He is helping to militarize and thicken the Canada-US border by agreeing to gun boats, black hawk helicopters, drone planes, fences and spy towers. Can the Minister explain why he is allowing foreign security agents to use guns and make arrests in our country while threatening tourism and trade?”
Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety and Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security signed an agreement, referred to as the ‘Shiprider program’, that would allow law enforcement personnel to ride in each others' vessels while enforcing the other countries laws. At present such vessels have to stop at the border and call upon the other country's officials for help.

“Using the guise of ‘fighting crime’ is ridiculous. With the increasing militarization of the border, the impending start of the onerous WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) travel rules, and now this loss of sovereignty, the Harper Conservatives have chosen to not stand up for Canada. These actions will have disastrous consequences for our trade and the movement of people which is essential for our economy,” Masse declared.
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