Van Loan out as Minister of Public Safety
Cornwall Ontario – Peter Van Loan is no longer the Minister of Public Safety. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his cabinet shuffle this morning and Van Loan his now the Minister of International Trade. This apparent demotion came as a result of the PM’s dissatisfaction with Van Loan’s handling of the prison system.
Locally, Van Loan will be remembered for his unwillingness to negotiate with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) about the arming of border guards. Last spring when the government decided to arm all of its borders, the people of Akwesasne protested.
The protest resulted with the border guards vacating their post because of fear of an uprising. Rather than visiting Cornwall and resolving an issue that has cost local businesses dearly with cross border traffic, Van Loan decided to stay firm and leave all the negotiating to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).
This type of hard ball politics combined with M.P Guy Lauzon’s silence on the issue has left a foul taste in the mouths of many locals. Perhaps the new Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews will be more willing to discuss this issue with the MCA and end this border dispute.
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