Harper Government 1 – Akwesasne 1 – Courts Deny Injunction vs CBSA – December 21, 2009

Harper Government 1 – Akwesasne 1 – Courts Deny Injunction vs CBSA – December 21, 2009

A Canadian Federal Court has denied an injunction request that would cease the actions of seizure of vehicles that fail to report to the temporary CBSA station in Cornwall Ontario for residents who return to Canadian territory from the US.

Currently residents of Akwesasne that cross the line between the US and Canada are forced to sit hours on the Seaway International Bridge to report and then turn around to go right back their homes on the Island.

The practice, essentially a pressure tactic devised after CBSA left the Canadian border crossing May 31, 2009, has led to the seizure of over 60 vehicles.

We’ll have updates and comments as things evolve.  Here is a link on the Standard Freeholder who also covered the stories.  They have chosen to not allow comments though on this story.

What do you think Cornwall and what do you think Akwesasne?   How does this ruling change the situation?

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7 Comments on "Harper Government 1 – Akwesasne 1 – Courts Deny Injunction vs CBSA – December 21, 2009"

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Cornwall Harry
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In Canada anyone who leaves the country and travels to a foreign land must report to Customs & Immigration upon their return. It is the same for ALL citizens.
The Mohawks actions made the CBSA move their reporting facility to the end of the bridge in Cornwall. It’s their own fault and now they have to suffer the consequences of their actions! Too bad, so sad.
Mohawks are not above the law and vehicle seizures and fines are the way to go!

NSSherlock
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Do the ends justify the means? Not reporting means that any number of persons may arrive on the island without scrutiny, then later pass onto the mainland undetected. This may include fleeing/wanted criminals, terrorists, people deported from Canada, people seeking to use our welfare, healthcare, and social services without right, and other undesireables. Let’s not forget abducted children or runaways. What about property? Unless the Americans are searching everyone on the way out, there is an increased and significant risk of the importation of guns, ammunition, illegal weapons, drugs, chemicals to make drugs, cash from criminal enterprises, untaxed or contraband… Read more »
NSSherlock
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It’s not a pressure tactic, it’s simply the law. Leave Canada, report to Customs to re-enter. I have a NEXUS card for boating. Even if I were to get in my boat and cross directly to the USA, I can only initially land my boat at a place the Americans approve of (where they meet me, or are usually present), which could be some distance away (in some cases I have seen 40kms). Same thing happens on my way back to Canada. If I don’t report on my way back, or go where I am supposed to go, or meet… Read more »
Cornwall Harry
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Is there something going on that some people don’t understand? When they settle claims with our indigenous neighbours you don’t see the Prime Minister negotiating with them nor the local MP unless he happens to be on the negotiating committee. Negotiations are generally left to the actual department that looks after them in this case the CBSA. Lets get off the criticizing for no good reason and let the interested parties negotiate with each other, and thats if they want to. If they don’t…..tough! Only the CBSA and the Mohawks can resolve this tempest-in-a-teacup.

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