Garrison Questions Public Safety Minister on CBSA Reality Show
March 18th, 2013 - 7:27pm
Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP):
The minister has another outrage to answer for today as Canadians across the country are shocked that he personally approved filming immigration raids for reality T.V. This is not some episode of Cops. These are real people and real officers doing a dangerous job. Filming is exploitative and can put individuals in danger.
How could the minister be so reckless? Will he take responsibility and put an immediate end to this dangerous and offensive PR stunt?
Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the show is about the situation faced daily by our front-line border officers. The privacy of individuals is protected at all times.
However, it is important to remember that illegal immigrants cost law-abiding Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars each year and thousands of jobs. We expect the CBSA to enforce Canada's immigration laws by removing individuals who take advantage of Canada's generous immigration system by jumping the queue.