Thank you very much.
Minister, it's always great to have you here, and thanks to staff for coming.
I think the issue at hand, pre-clearance, has been covered fairly well, and I'm fairly comfortable that we're heading in the right direction there.
However, Minister, screening in general is something that came up in another avenue, and it's to do with the safe third country agreement. I think everyone is aware of the illegal immigrants, illegal refugees, whatever you want to call them or term them, who are entering, basically at will, especially in Emerson, Manitoba, and in Quebec, and I'm sure in other parts. It's probably going to get worse.
Minister, when CTV first publicized it, my phones were inundated with people. Basically what it looked like was that instead of the RCMP saying, “Look ma'am, look sir, you're not crossing here. I'll have to turn you back”, or even directing them to a regular border crossing, if I can use that term, that never happened.
People can't get their heads around why security forces would be standing there and all but inviting them in. I guess on behalf of Canadians—and I'd like to know the answer too—why aren't they being turned around, or at minimum directed to head to the next border crossing? For example, with Emerson, Manitoba, I'm not sure exactly where that is from there, but I'm sure there's one that is not too many miles away.