National Defence – March 24, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

National Defence – March 24, 2014

The committee hears from the head of the union that represents front-line customs and immigration officers as it continues with its study on the effectiveness of the Canada Border Services Agency in determining the admissibility of travellers to Canada and the removal of inadmissible individuals.
Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the Customs and Immigration Union, outlines the negative effects of staffing cuts at the CBSA. He encourages the committee to pursue the matter, as he states that reducing operational personnel means reduced border security.
Former Canadian diplomat James Bissett shares his knowledge of the immigration screening system and provides some recommendations on how to improve Canada’s system of determining admissibility and inadmissibility. (March 24, 2014)