The U.S. government wants American police agents working in Canada exempted from Canadian law. If this is a surprise, it shouldn’t be.
The secret American demand was unearthed this week by Canadian Press reporters looking into Ottawa’s much ballyhooed border deal with the U.S.
Announced in 2011, the so-called North American perimeter security pact would give Washington the right to have its agents and police officers operate alongside their Canadian counterparts within Canada.
In return, the Americans have said they’ll make it easier for trucks to travel back and forth across the border between the two countries.
While details of the pact remain sparse, it appears to give American agents working in so-called “integrated teams” the power of Canadian peace officers — including the right to carry weapons and use them on Canadian soil.
The Conservative government has said only that U.S. agents operating in Canada will be involved in “intelligence and criminal investigations” and that uniformed U.S. officers will help patrol the land border from the Canadian side.
Theoretically, Canadian agents could operate with similar powers in the U.S. in order to provide an appearance of reciprocity.
“This declaration is not about sovereignty,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said when he announced the new arrangement two years ago.
In fact, it very much is.
The latest revelation underscores this. A 2012 RCMP briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press points out that Washington and Ottawa have been at daggers drawn over whether U.S. agents and police officers who commit crimes in Canada would be subject to Canadian law.
The Americans prefer to maintain sole legal jurisdiction over their agents operating abroad. In Afghanistan, for example, all U.S. government soldiers and officials are accorded diplomatic status — which makes them immune from Afghan law.
Similar “status of forces agreements” with other nations give Washington sole or shared jurisdiction over certain kinds of offences committed by American soldiers and their dependants abroad.
Under a 1951 treaty, even Canada has ceded some rights over U.S. and other NATO troops operating inside this country. But the 1951 treaty does give Canada the right to arrest and try NATO soldiers or their dependants who have committed non-military crimes such as murder.
It seems now that the U.S. wants more. According to the RCMP memo, Washington is demanding that its police agents operating in Canada be entirely exempt from Canadian criminal law.
A U.S. agent who, for instance, shot and killed a Canadian while on Canadian soil would not be subject to a Canadian court.
originally posted by: knoledgeispower
As a Canadian this terrifies me.
With all the police brutality going on down in the states, the last thing I want is that happening up here in Canada by U.S police. If this is going to happen, than they better be held accountable to Canadian law!!!! If the U.S is going to make a big stink about Mark Emery & extraditing him to the U.S to face U.S law, than the g.damn U.S police better have to face Canadian law!!!!
((Yes I am irked by this news))
If US police ever tried to stop me in Canada I would;
a) ignore their commands b) walk away or flee the scene