SURREY â€” A local New Democrat MP is asking the federal government to explain why shipping containers are no longer being routinely inspected when they arrive at Port Metro Vancouver.
â€œEven random inspections have ceased,â€ said Jinny Sims, MP for Newton-North Delta and NDP critic for employment and social development.
â€œAs I understand it, inspections are only conducted now when there are suspicious containers arriving, or when authorities receive a tip.â€
Sims has written Steven Blaney, Canadaâ€™s minister of public safety, seeking answers. She has yet to receive a response.
â€œAt the same time that airport inspections have increased â€” every individual is scanned and has his/her luggage scanned â€” I am deeply troubled to learn there have been inspection cuts at Port Metro Vancouver,â€ Sims wrote the minister.
â€œWith such a lack of oversight, and considering the surge of recent gang-related shootings in my riding, I am concerned about the potential for illegal firearms and drugs to be brought into the area via this channel.â€
More to comeâ€¦