January 25, 2006


Shooting closes border (GREG JOYCE, 1/25/06, Canadian Press and Associated Press)

American authorities closed the border crossing to British Columbia on Tuesday after an exchange of gunfire on the U.S. side between border guards, police and two murder suspects from California who were eventually apprehended. [...]

An unspecified number of Canadian border agents, who are unarmed, left their posts during the incident because they were concerned about their safety. Managers took over and border security was not compromised, said Paula Shore, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency.

Ms. Shore refused to say Tuesday night how many Canadian border agents left their posts because of the perceived danger. She said less than four of the more than 20 British Columbia border crossings were involved.

“A few officers exercised their right to refuse to work because of what they perceived as imminent danger,” Ms. Shore said in a telephone interview. Under the labour code, “any worker has the right to refuse to work if they feel they are in imminent danger.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2006 10:27 AM

Sheesh! Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan complain about our southern border--they don't know how good they've got it!

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 25, 2006 10:42 AM

[ sigh ]

Cowardice is now honor.

Paging Mr. Orwell.....

Posted by: Andrew X at January 25, 2006 10:49 AM

The gun battles are more imaginative on the southern border (though the Tacredo crowd probably thinks there's no way drug smugglers could have come up with this idea).

Posted by: John at January 25, 2006 10:58 AM

you could intimidate canadian border guards with stuffed animals "look out, he's got a Piglet! eeeehhhhhh"

Posted by: toe at January 25, 2006 11:39 AM

Could they have thrown beer cans?

Posted by: ratbert at January 25, 2006 11:43 AM

An unspecified number of Canadian border agents, who are unarmed, left their posts during the incident because they were concerned about their safety.

God help us all. No wonder the Mohamad Attas of the world go through Canada first.

Posted by: pchuck at January 25, 2006 11:54 AM

I take a dim view of Canadian culture in general. But this is a cheap shot. The problem is not that they ran away, but that they were unarmed in the first place. Running away is what any sane being does if he is unarmed and facing gunfire, on the battlefield it is sometimes called "retreat." Cowardice is running away at the first whiff of a fight, giving complete reign of one's being to one's fear; in France, and in culture's comingled therewith, this is a virtue.

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 25, 2006 12:08 PM

I'll agree with Palmcroft. When I first saw that factoid, I was ready to go with something akin to your post. However, when unarmed officials are in the middle of a gunfight, the appropriate thing is to get out of the way.

Posted by: Mark Byron at January 25, 2006 12:15 PM

Who unarmed them?

Posted by: oj at January 25, 2006 12:33 PM

I read the border guards are protesting cos they want guns just like we have.

It's not their fault.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 25, 2006 1:30 PM

The incident occurred at one crossing but the guards left "less than four" crossings. I guess that means 3 in Canada-talk.

So, Pamcroft is right as to one group of guards but OJ is right as to 2 other sets.

Posted by: Bob at January 25, 2006 2:21 PM

Harper will straighten all that out for our northern neighbors.

Posted by: Genecis at January 25, 2006 2:42 PM

"Brave, brave Sir Robin,
Sir Robin, was brave...."

Posted by: John Resnick at January 25, 2006 2:47 PM

Jose Antonio Barajas of Mexico and Ishtiaq Hussain of Pakistan, just doing jobs that Americans are unwilling to do themselves.

Posted by: Carter at January 25, 2006 2:57 PM

The real question is whether the Tories would have gotten some extra seats or not if this had happened a few days earlier.

Posted by: John Thacker at January 25, 2006 5:12 PM

Especially since, as you can see, the Consevatives had already promised to arm the border guards, where the Liberals had refused to.

Posted by: John Thacker at January 25, 2006 5:14 PM


Check the above link:

"Tories to fulfill promise to arm border guards"

Posted by: obc at January 25, 2006 8:21 PM

I guess it's OK to bring guns into Canada, as long as you brandish them at the customs officers.

Posted by: pj at January 25, 2006 8:43 PM