CBSA Statement on Black Friday Claims

Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:42pm EST

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On November 22, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (Ontario) issued a
news release under the title "Border Officers Use Black Friday to
Highlight Government Cuts" with comments from Jason McMichael, the First
Vice President of the Customs and Immigration Union making claims linking
increased wait-times at the border to reductions in CBSA capacity. These
claims are completely unfounded. There have been no reductions of
front-line staff in the inspection lanes at our ports of entry. Any union
action that undermines the Agency's efforts to process people and goods
would be regrettable.

    The CBSA has planned for the anticipated heavy traffic volumes this Black
Friday weekend, and we are well aware of the potential impact of a strong
Canadian dollar and the new exemption limits. While we have more
inspection lanes than this time last year, we continue to monitor our
operations and we are well positioned to address any increases in traffic
volumes. All lanes will be open at peak times, and travellers can expect
professional, efficient and courteous service from our officers. 

    The CBSA and its officers remain unwavering in their commitment to
deliver its mandate of protecting Canadians and facilitating travel and
trade. We continue to be committed to helping ensure the health and
safety of Canadians. 

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