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Border guards leave post at Peace Arch crossing(Left because of an armed and dangerous American)
CTV.ca ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | CTV.ca News Staff

Posted on 02/11/2006 3:25:46 AM PST by Marius3188

Canadian border guards abandoned the Peace Arch crossing in British Columbia after hearing an armed and dangerous American was trying to enter Canada.

The unarmed guards have a clause in their contract that allows them to leave their job if they think they're in danger.

They invoked the clause Friday night for the second time in a month.

The report of a fugitive turned out to be false.

The managers of Canada Border Services Agency say they will man the booths and reopen the border.

Friday evening, just one line of cars was slowly being allowed to enter Canada, said CTV's David Kincaid. A supervisor was believed to be staffing that line.

Border guards also walked off the job earlier this month in Roosville, B.C at the crossing between the province and Montana. They were concerned about their safety after being warned that an armed man was possibly heading to the border.

In January, customs officers left the border crossing between Surrey, B.C. and Blaine, Washington after two murder suspects from California tried to outrun American police officers at the border.

The fugitives got into a shootout with police before they could enter Canada.

After this incident, Conservative MP Vic Toews, now the Justice Minister, said border guards would be armed as soon as possible.

There have been a dozen work refusals by guards across the country in the past year.

As it stands, border guards are supposed to allow anyone suspected of being armed and dangerous into Canada and then call police.

With files from CTV's David Kincaid


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: borderguard
The unarmed guards have a clause in their contract that allows them to leave their job if they think they're in danger.

They invoked the clause Friday night for the second time in a month.

1 posted on 02/11/2006 3:25:48 AM PST by Marius3188
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To: Marius3188
As it stands, border guards are supposed to allow anyone suspected of being armed and dangerous into Canada and then call police.

HAAAA! Then what are you paying them for?

2 posted on 02/11/2006 3:38:17 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Vote Democrat-We are the party of reactionary inertia".)
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To: Marius3188

I'm sorry but these guys are pussies! What a disgrace!


3 posted on 02/11/2006 3:44:32 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: Marius3188

Whatever has happened to Canada?

OK, OK, I know ~ damned liberals.


4 posted on 02/11/2006 3:46:37 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: Beckwith
Poor Canada.

They must have lost their cojones somewhere along the way.

Perhaps we can send them a Troop of our Boy Scouts to protect them until this dire emergency lapses.

5 posted on 02/11/2006 3:51:39 AM PST by albee (Clinton"Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: albee
Perhaps we can send them a Troop of our Boy Scouts to protect them until this dire emergency lapses.

Maybe a troop of Camp Fire Girls if the Boy Scouts are busy....

6 posted on 02/11/2006 3:57:03 AM PST by WarEagle (This is obviously Karl Rove's fault...)
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To: Marius3188

This muddleheaded pacifism of the Canucks may well turn out 2 be a security threat for the US. We oughtta take this seriously. Can't Harper do something sane to at least startreversing the madness? Any Canada observers who can point out to any good the man's done since being sworn in?


7 posted on 02/11/2006 4:02:12 AM PST by voletti (Awareness and Equanimity.)
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To: Marius3188

Isn't it obvious. It's part of Canaduhs French heritage.


8 posted on 02/11/2006 4:03:37 AM PST by wheelright
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To: Marius3188

"I am hoping very much for a contract like that myself."
9 posted on 02/11/2006 4:05:58 AM PST by Khurkris ("Hell, I was there"...Elmer Keith.)
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To: Marius3188

And how are "UNARMED" guards supposed to apprehend somebody?

Give them guns and I bet they'll be a little more courageous!


10 posted on 02/11/2006 4:06:21 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Marius3188

Couldn't they find some French guards up there like these fellers to keep up security??
11 posted on 02/11/2006 4:06:23 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: voletti
After this incident, Conservative MP Vic Toews, now the Justice Minister, said border guards would be armed as soon as possible.
12 posted on 02/11/2006 4:07:40 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge

Calling them "Guards" is an insult to anyone who has served in such a capacity. "Border Attendants" would be more appropriate.


13 posted on 02/11/2006 4:43:32 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: dawn53

Could well be. On the other hand, that's a rather odd contract clause for a guard.


14 posted on 02/11/2006 4:51:42 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Wristpin

Do they hand out paper towels to dry your hands as you cross the border? Do you tip them a buck?


15 posted on 02/11/2006 4:52:43 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: voletti
Any Canada observers who can point out to any good the man's done since being sworn in?

Well I'm not a Canuck, (but I've been there once or twice), but I imagine the poor PM is just now seeing the depths of the problems he's in inherited, and has discovered that he's gonna need hip waders.

16 posted on 02/11/2006 5:04:10 AM PST by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: rogue yam; fanfan
I'm sorry but these guys are pussies! What a disgrace!

What would Chuck Norris do?

The guys aren't pussies. They've been agitating to be allowed to carry firearms.
This is an effective way of making their point.
Under the Liberal government they were ignored.
It's the Liberals who were disgraceful pussies.
The article points out that the new Conservative gov't will arm them ASAP.

17 posted on 02/11/2006 5:18:04 AM PST by kanawa (Freaking panty wetting, weakspined bliss-ninny socialist punks)
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To: rogue yam
I'm sorry but these guys are pussies! What a disgrace!

Really? I'd like to see you stand there with a uniform that looks like a cop, with no gun, and try to stop some meth hopped thug or gang banger who's armend to the teeth.

I don't blame these guys. Suicide shouldn't be part of the job description. They need to be armed.

18 posted on 02/11/2006 5:24:59 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Marius3188
"We'll be back after the danger passes, eh?"


19 posted on 02/11/2006 5:38:43 AM PST by LRS
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To: Marius3188
As it stands, border guards are supposed to allow anyone suspected of being armed and dangerous into Canada and then call police.

Then who are the police supposed to call?

20 posted on 02/11/2006 5:48:40 AM PST by impatient
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To: Wristpin
"Border Attendants" would be more appropriate.

Crossing guards.
21 posted on 02/11/2006 5:48:55 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: Wristpin

"Fugitive Escorts" would work, too.


22 posted on 02/11/2006 6:33:50 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: kanawa
The guys aren't pussies. They've been agitating to be allowed to carry firearms.
This is an effective way of making their point.

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

"I'm supposed to guard my country's border and all they gave me was a whistle?!?"

23 posted on 02/11/2006 7:03:50 AM PST by Max in Utah (By their fruits you shall know them.)
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To: kanawa; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...

Canada Ping!

Please FReepmail me to get on or off this Canada ping list.


24 posted on 02/11/2006 7:17:20 AM PST by fanfan
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To: wheelright

Isn't it obvious. It's part of Canaduhs French heritage.

Most of us do not have a French heritage.

The real reason is that these guards now want to carry sidearms, which after a couple of hundred years, when both countries were very proud of the "longest undefended border in the world" seems kind of sad.Unfortunantely some bad people seem determined to sneak into the USA in order to kill innocent Americans. We must therefore beef up our Canadian border security systems since these bad people might take advantage of our freedoms and sneak over the border. I am in favour since I want all my American grandkids in New Jersey to be safe and sound.


25 posted on 02/11/2006 5:10:28 PM PST by albertabound (It's good to beeeeee Albertabound....)
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To: All
A lot of flappin' gums on this thread.

1 - I'd like to see any of you take on an armed individual without a gun

2 - Not all of Canada is French

3 - The border guards will get their side arms ... Link
26 posted on 02/11/2006 7:16:02 PM PST by NorthOf45
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