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The Legault government and the opposition parties, both in Quebec and in Ottawa, are rebelling against the decision to reduce the number of police officers RCMP at the Canada-US border.

Reducing police numbers at the border “makes no sense”

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The number of illegal crossings has exploded between Canada and the United States United over the past few months.

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The drop in the number of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) patrol officers in southern Quebec, on the Canadian-American border, is causing incomprehension.

What is happening makes no sense, denounces the Minister responsible for Canadian Relations, Jean-François Roberge.

As revealed by Radio-Canada, the RCMP intends to reshuffle its workforce. Fewer agents will thus be assigned directly to the border, where, however, the number of illegal crossings is reaching a historic level, with the growing presence of criminal networks (New window).

Is the solution to this problem to reduce the numbers at the border? Obviously not, continues Jean-François Roberge.

The situation at the border is very worrying. The timing is certainly not well chosen, believes Liberal MP Monsef Derraji.

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In Ottawa, the Bloc Québécois also raised its voice. The messages that are sent are completely stupid, says MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe. migrants to the United States] and the border is a sieve, it will be even easier because we will cut surveillance posts at the border. It’s astonishing, he judges.

If we want to investigate cartels, we must first and foremost have a physical presence at the border.

A quote from Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe , member of the Bloc Québécois

In the Commons, the Conservative Party of Canada made a similar speech. According to Luc Berthold, the Minister of Public Security, Dominic LeBlanc, must be smarter than the bandits and maintain the number of RCMP agents at the border to protect Canadians and Quebecers.

In response, Dominic LeBlanc wanted to be reassuring and said he took this subject very seriously.

The RCMP has reallocated its resources, he argued. The number of agents […] assigned to organized crime and border security will not decrease, added the minister.

According to the RCMP, no cuts are actually on the agenda, but some of these patrol officers will soon be called upon to fill the ranks of other services, including those specializing in investigations.

Could Ottawa intervene to review this decision? No, emphasizes Dominic LeBlanc’s office. “The minister does not take part in discussions of an operational nature,” indicates his press secretary, Jean-Sébastien Comeau.

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