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Union "insulted" at U.S. allegations Canadian border agents behind bomb threat

Union "insulted" at U.S. allegations Canadian border agents behind bomb threat
July 17, 2012 - 1:21 PM

TORONTO - Union leaders say allegations that disgruntled Canadian border agents may have been behind a bogus bomb threat that forced Canadian and U.S. authorities to close the Ambassador Bridge are "irresponsible and insulting."

The bomb threat, the second in recent days, was called in around 7:20 p.m. Monday to authorities on the U.S. side of the bridge that links Detroit with Windsor, Ont.

In a news release issued shortly after the incident, the Detroit International Bridge Company, which owns the Ambassador Bridge, issued a statement alleging the bogus threat had "something to do with Canada's disinvestment at the border by cutting back on customs' agents."

Canada Border Services Agency has announced cuts of approximately 1,300 jobs across Canada, including about 300 jobs in the Southern Ontario.

Jason McMichael, vice-president of the union representing Canadian border agents, says the allegations are "completely without merit."

Last week, a similar threat was phoned in to Windsor authorities that lead to a four-hour closure of the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, a busy border crossing beneath the Detroit River connecting the two border cities. No explosives were found.

U.S. authorities say the call Monday came in from somewhere in Detroit. They say the bomb threat last week was made from a pay phone in Windsor.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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