We’ve all heard about Shiprider and the expectation of US police on our soil. Here’s the latest from the CBC:
RCMP Supt. Warren Coons, director of the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams, stressed that the cross-designated American officers “have to be under the direction and control of a Canadian law enforcement officer” when the vessel crosses into Canadian waters. Similarly, Canadian officers are under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard officer if they enter U.S. territory.
“Sovereignty is something I take very seriously, and I understand the concerns that Canadian citizens have, because quite frankly I had those same concerns, and so do the U.S. officers,” Coons said. “But having said that, safeguards are in place to ensure that U.S law enforcement officers are not allowed to conduct law enforcement activity in Canada unless they’re strictly under the direction and control of Canadian law enforcement officers.”
But critics aren’t so satisfied. Before the law was passed, the NDP argued that the issue was too important to be included in the omnibus bill and should have been voted on separately.
“This is a highly controversial integrated border enforcement program that jeopardizes Canadian sovereignty and potentially compromises the personal privacy of individual Canadians,” wrote NDP MP Brian Masse, critic for Canada-U.S. border issues.
“A program that cedes sovereignty, reduces privacy and requires significant new investment must be fully debated and understood prior to its implementation,” he said.
Who is Coons kidding? Do these people really think they are going to control US police? Have they seen the video of Rodney King’s beating? Police brutality is hardly a secret in the US. Is the CDN govt naive enough to think that if we ask nicely, the US is going to behave and refrain from overstepping their bounds? Shall we expect Congress to continue it’s ridiculous actions to go after expats for more money, by allowing police to go after the “cheats?” Schumer already believes he has the right to keep us out forever. He finds us “despicable.”
So far, the government has revealed few details about the land-based version of the plan. The Beyond the Border plan, agreed to by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S President Barack Obama in 2011, had called for two land-based pilot projects to begin this summer.
Government officials will only say that consultations are continuing, with the possibility of pilot projects starting no earlier than the fall.
I wonder why the government has not released details about the land-based version. Could it be they realize how Canadians will react to this information? It’s bad enough that they’ve managed to sneak this through and claim there was public involvement. What a crock. Canadians should be made aware of this situation and make Harper deal with the mess he has started. Just the same as Canadians should be made aware of the fact that they will pay for how FATCAT is implemented by Canadian banks. I still grimace when I recall a conversation I had with a Scotiabank official. I had asked him when they planned to start informing their customers of what will be required when opening new accounts, etc. I asked him if W8BENs/W9’s would simply accompany any new applications. He thought they would. But more disheartening, I asked him if the banks would simply raise rates on their services to cover the horrendous cost of compliance and he said “Of course.”
What will it take to get Canadians good and mad enough to start challenging the government about this?