MP Jim Eglinski Supports Border Security
September 19, 2017
OTTAWA: On September 18th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, took part in debate on Bill C-21, An Act to Amend the Customs Act.
The bill builds on the 2011 agreement between former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former President Barack Obama to enact a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness in both countries. Also under the agreement is the Preclearance Act, 2016, which was passed by the House of Commons in the spring and is currently before the Senate.
“Before the agreement, Canadian and American border agencies only collected information on people entering the respective country,” stated MP Eglinski in the House of Commons. “This meant that they did not have a clear record of when people exited. After the agreement was made in 2011, and as part of a pilot program, both countries began to share entry information on third country nationals so that the record of a land entry into one country could be used to establish an exit record from the other.”
As part of the entry/exit initiative, Bill C-21 will expand the program to include all travellers leaving and entering Canada. By establishing an entry/exit record of travellers, the bill seeks to strengthen border security, counter fraud, and also safeguard Canada’s social programs.
“By collecting, sharing, and verifying this information, border agents will be able to identify fraudulent documents and people trying to enter the country under a false name. This is not only important to protect against identity fraud, but also to protect our security and ensure that we know exactly who is entering our country,” concluded MP Eglinski.
To read the speech and find more information on Bill C-21, visit the House Publications page at: www.ourcommons.ca/en.