December 15, 2004


Canada Security Net Full of Holes (BETH DUFF-BROWN, 12/15/04, Associated Press)

Canada's security net is full of holes, with most border crossings guarded by a lone staffer and airport security so lax that missing security badges and uniforms recently turned up for sale on eBay.

A new Senate security report calls for reform, a boost in defense spending and improved cooperation with the United States. Canadians have relied too long on luck to avoid a terrorist attack, it says, scolding: "Unfortunately, luck is notoriously untrustworthy."

The 315-page report by the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense, the first released under the year-old government of Prime Minister Paul Martin, said most of Canada's 160 land and maritime border crossings have only one person at the posts.

"The potential damage to the Canadian economy and other consequences that would come with allowing a terrorist to infiltrate the U.S. through Canada are massive," the report said.

Securing the 4,000-mile border is paramount, to prevent terrorist attacks and protect some $1.4 billion in trade each day between the North American neighbors.

Given that Canada no longer even funds its own defense forces the U.S. will certainly have to pay for these massive upgrades. Luckily, now that we're all concerned about "border security" that won't be a problem, right?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2004 8:05 PM

Canada can be within a North American security zone, or outside a US security zone. Their choice.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 15, 2004 9:08 PM

When the West secedes from Canada and joins America, security will be a lot easier.

Posted by: Bart at December 15, 2004 9:33 PM

We may have to exercise our right toact defesively and premptively. After a few years of reprograming most Canadians will be glad they were annexed.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 15, 2004 10:21 PM

Given the length of the border, there is no choice.

Posted by: jd watson at December 16, 2004 3:42 AM

The first thing we need to do after annexing Canada is to put an end to their incessant cocunut gallopping. I say we invade with tranquilizer darts.

Posted by: JimGooding at December 16, 2004 9:26 AM

I say the USA should know their role and keep their stinkin mouths shut. They are lucky to be on the same continent as Canada and Canada hasnt pissed of any countries unlike the dumb Americans.

Posted by: The Genius at December 25, 2004 6:10 PM

And they have great mints.

Posted by: oj at December 25, 2004 6:12 PM