Property rights still in jeopardy at border

Blog, Property Rights, Joseph Quesnel

A Saskatchewan couple is still discovering that property rights are precarious when it comes to the Canada-United States border.

A saga pitting a Saskatchewan couple against a federal agency may soon be coming to a sad conclusion.

Edwin and Alison Morris were informed by the Canada Border Services Agency that they must remove their vehicle from a border crossing or it will be be destroyed.

The Frontier Centre released a column last year highlighting the plight of the Saskatchewan family.

The couple had their Canadian purchased vehicle modified in the United States.

However, they are being prevented from bringing the vehicle into the country.

They consider it an import now that they vehicle was modified in the United States using used parts.

The Morris family has surely discovered the precarious state of property rights when crossing the Canada-United States border.

The leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan has even called upon the premier to exercise his jurisdiction in helping the Morris family.

This demonstrates that parties of all stripes can recognize where the property rights of ordinary Canadians are in jeopardy.

This quote aptly describes the dilemma involved: “The Morris family would not have had their truck seized at the Canada-U.S. border if Saskatchewan and Canada had property rights. If federal officials do not return the truck to the Morris family, the federal government should fully reimburse them for the value of the truck.”

It’s time for all governments to respect property rights, especially in the case of this family.