Thank you, Mr. Chair. Seven minutes is generous.
Hello, Mr. Paterson.
I have read and reread this bill. Last week, we heard your testimony before going to vote. I was looking at these bills from a theoretical point of view.
Like you and other colleagues here with us, I stopped at strip searches. This clause is perhaps more sensitive that the others. If an assault occurs during a search, it is certainly during a strip search.
We are talking about a preclearance area that allows visitors from Canada to enter the United States more easily. This preclearance carried out by U.S. officials on Canadian soil. In view of clauses 9 and 11 of the bill, do you agree with me that, regardless of what happens, it is ultimately Canadian law and the Charter that apply, even in the preclearance area? Can we agree on that at least?
That seems to be what the bill says.