It seems that the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) 'snitch line' is attracting a lot of frivolous calls.
According to an article in today's Globe and Mail, the agency logs between thirty and forty calls to the hotline a day, the bulk of which are irrelevant or even downright malicious:
As one log demonstrates, many callers don't quite grasp how the immigration system works: "Caller would like to deport a couple of people from
Another person calls the watch line from prison - where he is serving time for assault and forcible confinement of his girlfriend - to report his girlfriend is engaged in a paid marriage of convenience. "There is a small concern about his credibility," a CBSA employee notes.
Um, yeah (I really love the understatement here. No doubt most CBSA employees would agree that their time could be better spent than answering and logging these kinds of calls).
The snitch line was an ill-conceived plan and one that exploits the basest of human tendencies. Encouraging Canadians to spy on their neighbours is distasteful and unproductive (to continue with the understatement). I think our tax dollars could be spent infinitely more wisely.
"Caller states he has a problem. His wife's family is interfering with his marriage and he doesn't want them to come to
," a watch line employee writes. Canada
"Advised him to speak with his wife."
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