Canada's lack of customs and border resources could be contributing to Iran's nuclear build-up, according to a report by PostMedia News.
PostMedia has obtained a copy of a Canada Border Services Agency's counter-proliferation intelligence section report, from last October, which suggests that CBSA is understaffed and may have been missing some shipments intended for Iran's nuclear program.
"The number of CBSA staff dedicated to export control are very limited (approximately 53 staff members)," the paper notes.
"The number of export shipments that the dedicated export teams must target and examine is overwhelming (8,000 to 10,000 per day)."
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The report claims CBSA officers did successfully halt approximately 30 shipments from going to Iran since July 2010 — 14 were seized and 2 were referred to the RCMP for investigation.
The seized shipments included "prohibited (listed) goods, or involved prohibited (oil refining and gas liquefaction)," and "nuclear dual use goods."
In another memo, also obtained exclusively by PostMedia, CBSA managers were warned that intercepting export shipments "is becoming increasingly difficult" as shippers adapt to the "increased scrutiny and sanctions enforcement."
"Despite the latest rounds of international and Canadian sanctions," the memo reads, "Iranian procurement agents have still been able to export items, albeit with more difficulty, greater costs, but effective nevertheless."
The Stephen Harper government has made no secret about their disdain for the Iranian regime.
In an interview with an Alberta radio program in January, Harper called the increasing tension between Iran and the West "the greatest threat to world peace."
"Your listeners should be under no illusion, Iran is a very serious threat to international peace and security. In my judgment, it is the world's most serious threat to international peace and security," Harper said according to CBC News.
"This is a regime that wants to acquire nuclear weapons ... and has indicated some desire to actually use nuclear weapons," he said.
Despite the CBSA report and Harper's tough talk, the government is going ahead with $143.4 million in cuts to the CBSA's current $3 billion budget.
While the Harper government has insisted that no frontline services at CBSA will be affected by the cuts, you have to ask the question if the status-quo is even enough.
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