(NOTE: This report was originally posed on January 28, 2016.) The Rebel sent a one-line access to information request to Transport Canada, asking for “copies of any statistics on the revocation of any security clearances/passes for airport personnel, broken down by airport and year, since January 1, 2010."
And they answered. Sort of.
In 2010, 31 people were refused security clearance. By 2014, that had more than doubled to 70. And last year — the year of the Islamic State — the number of refusals skyrocketed to 110.
In other words, four times a week someone applies for security clearance at a Canadian airport, and is refused because there’s something about them that is "adverse". How many aren’t caught?
Even more terrifying? In 2010, 11 people had their airport security clearance cancelled. Again, over the years, that doubled and tripled. By last year, the year of the Islamic State, it had quadrupled.
So overall, 152 people who were either working at airports, or applying to work there, were blocked or fired for being security risks, a massive jump from the year earlier. Do you think Justin Trudeau takes security seriously?
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