February 4, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON - Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement after the Trudeau Liberals opposed a motion for a joint committee study on the Canada Border Services Agency’s security screening process:
“For the last year, there have been a number of cases that have been reported in the media that point to serious gaps in the CBSA security screening process for those seeking entry into Canada. Canadians expect the process to work in every instance.
“That’s why Conservatives moved a motion calling for the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to immediately undertake a joint study to review our security screening process. Ensuring that our screening system works is an entirely reasonable expectation for Canadians to have.
“For example, a few weeks ago, Canadians learned that an individual deemed a ‘national security concern’ by the CBSA was granted permanent residency in 2017 after a series of screening failures within the immigration system. Before that, Canadians heard a disturbing case of a man who was caught while crossing the border illegally in Manitoba but was admitted into Canada despite having an extensive criminal record and arrest warrant in the United States.
“We also know from the government’s own internal documents that there have been additional instances of the security process not being followed.
“Last week, it was reported that 544 CBSA agents are tasked with working on processing illegal border crossers each month. It is clear we must reduce the pressure on the system so that the CBSA is able to do its job and ensure that the process is being fully followed.
“Unfortunately, the Trudeau Liberals have opposed a joint committee study to review Canada’s security screening process, taking away an important tool from parliamentarians who want to help fix this problem.
“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to demand answers and hold this government to account. Justin Trudeau must explain to Canadians why he has failed to address the security gaps in CBSA’s screening process that the media have reported on.”
For more information:
Office of the Hon. Michelle Rempel
Office of Pierre Paul-Hus