Canada arming border guards
Canada is moving to arm its border guards, in the wake of an embarassing situation where some fled when told murder suspects were heading in their direction.
Nimrod45 adds, in a comment for some reason rejected by the spam filter:
Just a small correction, if you please, David:
The Customs Officer's union has been pressing the Canadian Federal Government for sidearms for years, as a "workplace safety" issue - as I am sure that everyone would agree that it is. The previous Lieberal (socialist) government of 13 years steadfastly refused to provide them with the tools necessary for them to do their jobs effectively and safely.
The Customs Officers in question did not "flee" - they exercised their legal right to WALK OFF THE JOB due to UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS - several times, in fact - when reports that armed and dangerous felons were fleeing the U.S.'s jurisdiction towards our borders.
Fortunately, the current Conservative government understands the dangerous nature of the work in which these men and women are engaged, and rightly have moved to arm and train them, for their, and our, protection.
Do they even know what to do with sidearms?
Posted by: BobG at September 1, 2006 06:01 PM
"Border guards . . . fled . . . murder suspects"
Musta been french Canadian.
Posted by: Tom Gunn at September 1, 2006 06:37 PM
So the completion date on this effort is off in the distant future, 2008 or something, right? So I've read . . .
Don't they have any border officers who are ex-military or ex-police (or privately trained) that they can arm up immediately?
The tortoise-speed adaptation rate of bureaucracies in the western world is sooner or later going to get us all wiped out.
Posted by: Niccolo at September 5, 2006 01:45 AM
Well, that puts a kibbosh on my plans for the invasion of Canada, :-) at least after 2008.
Being a 10-year Michigander and ex-canuck besides with relatives in Toronto, I'm regularly crossing the border.
The temptation to answer when asked by these border guards: Do you have any weapons?"
- "No and neither do you",
is strong, but I'm sure it would get me in all sorts of trouble and unduly delay my trip, as they have just no sense of humor for these sorts of things...
Oh, and don't try taking a firearm into Canada unless you've been preapproved..very bad idea and the consequences are ugly.
Posted by: ak47pundit at September 7, 2006 01:45 PM