Border guards failing firearms training

More than 20 per cent are failing, and union wants a review of training program
||Last Updated: 10/04/2007

More than one in five of Canada’s border guards are failing weapons training, according to their union.

Canada’s border guards clamoured for years to be armed, citing the dangerous nature of their work. Last year, the federal government gave the green light to a plan to arm about 4,800 officers over the next decade.

Ron Moran, the national president of the Customs and Excise Union, is concerned about the number of border guards failing and the union has hired an expert to review the training program.