Mr. Speaker, under clause 18 of Bill C-44, customs officers may search international parcels to look for documents and pass on these documents to an immigration officer for examination.
Immigration officers may destroy documents when they have sufficient reason to believe that such a measure is necessary, if these documents were obtained or used irregularly and if such a measure is necessary to prevent irregular or fraudulent use. The officer may give the documents back to the legitimate owners, keep the documents until they are sent back or destroy them.
According to these amendments, refugee claimants trying to obtain identification papers from relatives or authorities abroad may have their documents seized or perhaps destroyed.
Furthermore, the official is not required to notify the owner that these documents have been seized. This situation is very disturbing. Mail is sacred and inviolable in almost all countries.