I’m sure Stevie Spiteful wishes he could hand them over to Mitt Romney, but he has to make do with Obama. Boys and girls, this is what happens when budget omnibus bills are being shoved through without debate or proper study–most of us miss some pretty insidious stuff bundled in there. Apparently, Bill C-38 will be allowing the FBI and other US law enforcement to come into Canada and arrest Canadians.
The government is aware the prospect of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arresting Canadians on their native soil is controversial.
“We recognized early that this approach could raise concerns about sovereignty, privacy and the civil liberties of Canadians,” RCMP superintendent Joe Oliver told the Senate committee on security and defence last week.
It’s not hard to see why parliamentarians concerned about democratic process are upset about the budget bill
He was discussing the “baby steps” used to introduce the concept – namely, the Shiprider integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement project that has been in place since 2009.
The new amendments in the budget bill will broaden the scope to land operations, where the perimeter security agreement signed by Stephen Harper and Barack Obama envisages integrated teams operating in intelligence and criminal investigation.
There are already 15 integrated border enforcement teams operating along the 49th parallel but the legislative changes would allow the FBI or U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue suspects onto Canadian soil. Embassy magazine reported this week that aerial police surveillance has not been ruled out.
The legislation doesn’t completely hand the farm over to the Americans – suspected criminals apprehended in Canada could not be removed to the U.S.
Suspects can’t be brought to the US. Gee, what do you want me to say about that? Thank Gawd for small favours?
Of course, Canadian law enforcement wouldn’t be allowed to arrest Americans on American soil. So this is already uneven. If anyone thought Stevie wasn’t attempting to turn Canada into the 51st state of the union, well, he’s certainly given up more Canadian solidarity.
Also what does this have to with the economy or the budget?
Another thing pointed out that we are all missing is something else quite important.
…it also disbands appeal tribunals covering Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance programs, terminating 1,000 federal government appointees, in order to replace them with a much smaller Social Security Tribunal.
So, boys ‘n’ girls, it generally means it will be more difficult if not downright impossible to appeal any decisions regarding EI, OAS and CPP. In other words, accept this decision and like it!
Ain’t that peachy keen?
Now off to work, while I still have a job to go to…