Crossing the border last week, the difference in attitude was overwhelming.
At 7 a.m., U.S. Customs had five booths open, with a wait that didn’t exceed five minutes.
Heading north 20 minutes later, despite a lineup that stretched far beyond the Peace Arch, CBSA had a single booth open. The travellers, overwhelmingly American, had to ensure a 25- to 35-minute wait.
Americans obviously want our money and make the effort to speed our entry into their country.
CBSA, on the other hand, wants to teach Americans that they are not welcome here, and that we don’t want them to come to our country and spend their filthy money.
This is an issue that has been raised to our completely ineffectual member of Parliament many times, but nothing ever changes.
Ed Beauregard, Surrey