Fewer Canada border officers means more gun smuggling, Customs and Immigration Union says


Richard J. Brennan
The Star.com
July 24, 2012

In the midst of growing concerns over deadly gun play in Toronto, the Conservative government has made it easier to smuggle illegal firearms into Canada, an official with the Customs and Immigration Union says.

“The fact is (Public Safety Minister) Vic Toews just cut 1,300 jobs from the Canada Border Services Agency … and there is no question that cutting those jobs makes it easier to smuggle,” Jason McMichael, first national vice-president of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), told the Star Monday.

“He has really handcuffed our ability to stop the handguns at the border,” he said.

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