Saturday, 11 April 2009

If security at the airport is lackadaisical, who you're gonna call?

All joking about the RCMP aside, the topic of this communiqué quietly released on Easter Saturday has got to be a barn-burner in some banana republic, possibly the one the ReformaTories aka the republiCons are attempting to create in Canada.
Canadian travellers will be safer as a result of a new information-sharing agreement to conduct expanded criminal background checks for workers with access to secure areas at Canada's airports. ... This Memorandum of Understanding will allow for greater information sharing between the RCMP and Transport Canada and will enable Transport Canada to base security clearance decisions on more complete data from a broader range of intelligence sources. "We have a duty to keep Canadians safe and secure when they travel," said Minister Baird. "This agreement is a big step forward in protecting Canadian passengers and employees against potential threats."
WTF? Uh-oh. Someone in Stevie's Cabinet has been watching far too many episodes of 24 and indulging delusions about playing rough with boys in uniform.
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority had suspended escorting privileges of the officers involved following reports that they allowed Transport Minister John Baird and Liberal Senator Colin Kenny to walk onto the tarmac and other restricted areas wearing baseball caps and windbreakers.

Why officer, are you happy to see me or is that a big Taser in your pocket?

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