GTAA applauds proposed Customs Act amendments

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is
pleased that the Government of Canada has made border security a top priority,
as demonstrated by the tabling of Bill C-43, an Act to Amend the Customs Act.
This progressive legislation, introduced today in the House of Commons by
Minister Stockwell Day, will provide the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA)
with additional tools and flexibility to effectively deal with threats facing
Canada's borders.
    "We applaud Minister Day for his leadership on border security. One of
the key elements to the competitiveness of Toronto Pearson International
Airport is its ability to securely and efficiently move passengers through our
terminals," said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA. "This
legislation, in particular the amendments to allow the implementation of the
Customs Controlled Areas, will not only improve security in Canada's airports,
but will also lay the groundwork for improved service for the travelling
    These changes will provide border services officers with the flexibility
to examine goods and question and search people anywhere within customs
controlled areas. Under the current Customs Act, CBSA is only able exercise
this authority at exit points. The GTAA is eager to assist CBSA with the
implementation of customs controlled areas at Toronto Pearson as soon as Bill
C-43 receives Royal Assent.

    The GTAA is the non-share, not-for-profit authority that operates Toronto
Pearson. All revenue generated by the GTAA is reinvested back into the
airport. In 2007, 31.5 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.

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For further information: GTAA Media Office, (416) 776-3709

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