April 5th, 2017: Looking Back

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Last week, a troubling report suggested that Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport has been infiltrated by radicalized individuals.

According to an investigative journalism report from the public affairs program JE, aired on the Quebec-based French-language station TVA, several employees at the airport were stripped of their security clearance due to radicalization and support for the Islamic State. However, two of those radicalized individuals still work at the airport.

Candice Malcolm spoke with Pierre St-Jacques, a spokesman with the Customs and Immigration Union. According to St-Jacques, the ongoing surge in asylum claims and illegal border crossings along shared Canada-U.S. land border has left the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) scrambling for resources.

It’s clear the CBSA requires additional resources from the federal government, but Prime Minister Trudeau’s response to the report makes us question if he’s serious about combatting terrorism in Canada…

I think that's part of the kind of conversations we have to have as a society. Keeping people safe is paramount important, but defending our rights and freedoms is as well, and making sure we do that in the right way,” Trudeau said in response to a reporter’s question about whether or not individuals expressing extremist views should be allowed to continue to work at airports.

Unfortunately, you can’t make this stuff up…