Claims that the RCMP would help the Liberal government properly vet 25,000 Syrian refugees are being questioned once again after a report exposing their past failures at weeding out potential security threats.
Internal documents obtained by CBC News show that an RCMP program launched in 2011 to have the Mounties vet refugees for possible security issues was an utter failure.
The idea of the program was to have the RCMP screen refugees already in Canada for possible connections to crime or terrorism.
Instead of screening out those not wanted in Canada, the program appears to have exposed the failure of bureaucratic Ottawa according to CBC.
But the auditors found a raft of problems:
* RCMP officers hired for the work couldn't get started for months because legislation was slow to be passed in 2012;
* The border agency and RCMP computers couldn't talk to each other, so the organizations had to exchange thousands of names manually;
* The cost per screening skyrocketed from a planned $425 to $1,026, on average;
* The RCMP delivered screening checks to the border agency too late about one third of the time, rendering them useless because of refugee-decision deadlines;
* The RCMP reported only 85 of 4,085 names as potential problem refugees, the auditors said, based on a significant sample of the completed work. But the border agency used only two of those names in its vetting process because of late or inadequate information from the Mounties. And even the information on the two names was later found not to be pertinent to the border agency's final decision;
* The RCMP pilot program began poorly by primarily vetting the names of refugee claimants who were brand-new to Canada — and therefore were unlikely to have a Canadian criminal record.
While there appears to be no doubt that the Mounties screening program was a dud, CBC uses the report and its findings to bash the Conservatives who claimed during the last election that rushing tens of thousands of people into Canada was a security risk.
The report was compiled last fall prior to the rushing of 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada from one of the most dangerous places on earth.
Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, have spoken of using the “migrant crisis” to move their people into Western countries in order to carry out attacks.
The RCMP was part of the security screening process for the 25,000 Syrians, this time though they claimed to be checking foreign databases including those of our allies rather than just searching for Canadian criminal records.