Speaking of the 51st state...
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 15:30:42 +0800 (WST)
On Tue, 15 Jan 2002, John Evdemon wrote:
> Subject: RE: Speaking of the 51st state...
> On Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11:35 PM, Owen Byrne wrote:
> > Hearing on the news here that US Customs Officers are going
> > to set up shop right here in the port of Halifax, Nova
> > Scotia. Already a concern is whether they will be carrying
> > guns (when Canadian Customs doesn't).
> Why would this be a problem?
Umm, Canada still likes to believe it's a sovereign state of it's own,
not an annex of the United States of America. Try calling a Canadian
an American and see the look you get.
> Perhaps a better question is why aren't Canadian Customs
> officers armed? How are they expected to defend themselves?
Because in civilised countries (like those that are part of the
Commonwealth eg Australia and Canada) that is not Customs role.
> Customs has three principal roles:
> * to facilitate trade and the movement of people across the Australian
> border while protecting the community and maintaining appropriate
> compliance with Australian law;
> * to efficiently collect Customs revenue;and
> * to administer specific industry schemes and trade measures.
We have other groups that look after security at our airports, ports,
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