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Tuesday, July 09, 2013 

Rough and rude treatment of travellers by Canada Border Services Agency officers merely reflects the Authoritarian nature of the Harper administration ...


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Complaints pile up over airport border guards

Reports show pattern of rude, disrespectful treatment of travellers by CBSA agents

"Dozens of travellers arriving home at Ottawa International Airport have filed complaints about rude treatment and harassment by Canada Border Services Agency officers, including one who allegedly asked a young woman if she was menstruating.

Many of the complaints share a consistent theme: the aggressive tone of border officers who greet them when they return home. "I have travelled the world and I never had a more unwelcoming, intimidating and nasty experience," wrote one complainant of his arrival in Ottawa.

Another complained that business colleagues arriving in Ottawa were "shocked and appalled at the rude and eventually hostile reception from Canada Border Services agents." Others reported feeling "intimidated and harassed," "demeaned" or being treated in a "highly rude and disrespectful manner."

They wannabe America, which means that to measure up they have to be worse than the real Americans.

Our Border & Immigration agents have always been unfriendly, especially towards Canadians returning home. Returning from an international trip I made a few years ago had me first stopping in a US airport; while standing in line at immigration, I overheard a US immigration agent quizzing etc a fellow American and then saying, with a smile, "Welcome Home". I thought: How Nice. Wouldn't that be nice to hear, just once, on returning home to Canada. I'm still waiting for that event. In fact, I'm still waiting for a smile.

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