Canada’s no-fly list has serious problems.
Those problems not only inconvenience some Canadian citizens, but they could also put us at risk.
The key problem with the list is that there is no effective system to distinguish between true security threats, and those who have similar or matching names to security threats.
Examples of the system’s deficiencies are adding up:
As reported by the Globe & Mail, Syed Adam Ahmed – a six-year-old Canadian citizen – was listed as “high profile,” meaning the no-fly list system saw him as a risk.
16-year-old Canadian citizen Mike Pierre has also faced delays at the airport for most of his life – just because his name is similar to a name on the no fly-list.
Those are just two of many examples of those who are being caught in the no-fly list inaccurately.
The system is clearly flawed, but it’s more than inconvenience that is an issue here.
If the system is so poor at identifying who is actually a threat, Canadians could be at a much higher risk. An unreliable system is a system that could miss real dangers.
Trudeau government ignores the experts again?
Just as they did with the dangerous sale of ITF Technologies to China, the Trudeau government appears to be ignoring security experts.
A plan to fix the no-fly list was presented to the Trudeau government, to create a no-fly list managed by our border services agency, Transport Canada, and the Department of Public Safety.
However, the money for that program has not been allocated, and sources say it wasn’t even approved.
It’s simply common sense that the departments managing the border, safety, and transportation would manage such a list. The fact that the government doesn’t seem to be taking this dangerous situation seriously is deeply concerning.
Every moment there is a delay in fixing the system, the potential danger increases.
While the proposal was not without cost ($78 million per-year until 2022 and $12 million per-year after), security is one area where the government must be willing to spend more money if it will help keep Canadians safe.
We already know there is danger at our airports, when it was revealed that four workers at Trudeau airport were radicalized by ISIS. So the government has no logical reason for passing up a chance to increase our security.
If the government is sacrificing both the fair treatment, and the safety of Canadians, just to save a few bucks (despite running massive deficits everywhere else), it’s yet another reason Trudeau and his team can’t be trusted with power.