Trudeau government cracking down on border officers


Earlier this week, Le Journal de Montréal reported that it had obtained an internal memo from the Office of the Minister of Public Safety that appeared to be aimed at reducing information leaks on the part of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers: "Only designated spokespersons can make statements or observations to the media about field operations."

The memo, dated April 12, adds that the media interest in the work of the CBSA has increased dramatically since the "increase in the number of asylum seekers at the border" during "Easter weekend and the days that followed".

According to a field agent quoted in the Journal's piece, however, the directive irritates border services officers who want the Canadian public to know the truth. "It's still disconcerting," the anonymous field agent said. "There's a law of silence that has lasted since last summer."

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