For the record, I want to say that the RCMP is also covered by the review agency, yet that hasn't prevented the legislation from including a complaint mechanism with regard to the RCMP. I think it's important to distinguish between the agency's ability to review these agencies and the ability of a Canadian whose rights have been impugned to make a complaint to the review agency. I think it's an important distinction, and once again, I fall on the witness testimony. Many witnesses did bring this up as a large gap. More specifically, with regard to CBSA, as of now, NSIRA is the only body that has any review of CBSA. CBSA, unlike other agencies that are involved very closely with national security, has no specific review entity associated with it.
Moreover, I would just add, in light of some of the situations we see at the border, giving Canadians some kind of mechanism so that they can make these types of complaints to a body like this is absolutely appropriate.
The last point I would make, goes back to an earlier point that was made and also alluded to by Mr. Motz about staff and so forth. The amendment does make clear, as should be enshrined in the law, that the agency will not deal with complaints unless they are deemed to be not trivial, vexatious in nature, or made in bad faith.
Once again, it's a gap that is there. I see no reason why this can't be supported, other than the fact that we don't take the accountability that we claim to want to bring forward seriously.