MASSE QUESTIONS PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER ON BORDER CUTS
May 25th, 2015 - 10:33pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have never made up for the massive cuts they made to CBSA, cuts that have seriously impacted frontline security.
Canadians have a right to ask how an individual charged with sexual assault was allowed into Canada, despite having an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Our border needs to be efficient and effective at keeping those who pose a threat to public safety out of Canada. What is the minister doing to immediately address a serious deficiency in our border security? Your cuts are not working. What next?
Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to remind the House that our government has increased the number of border service officers by 26%.
In the last budget, there is additional resources to make sure that CBSA is able to tackle the challenges it faces at the frontier, and meet also our requirements to fulfill our engagements and commitments with a beyond-the-border agreement signed between our Prime Minister and President Obama.
We are serious when it comes time to protect our border from criminals, and we will ensure that CBSA is fully complying with its mandate by giving them the resources they need. Why is the NDP opposing the budget in support of our officers?