Ok, this is truly absurd. DEA, FBI, NCIS agents authorized to arrest Canadians in Canada? I haven't noticed any suggestion the RCMP or OPP can arrest Americans in Buffalo. I'd say it's a bad parody by extremist Canadian nationalists... except it's real legislation in Parliament right now:
" the bill [C-38] grants U.S. law enforcement agents the same power to enforce Canadian Acts of Parliament as members of the RCMP, if they are participating in integrated cross-border operations; ...
The government is aware the prospect of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arresting Canadians on their native soil is controversial.
"We recognized early that this approach could raise concerns about sovereignty, privacy and the civil liberties of Canadians," RCMP superintendent Joe Oliver told the Senate committee on security and defence last week.
It's not hard to see why parliamentarians concerned about democratic process are upset about the budget bill
He was discussing the "baby steps" used to introduce the concept – namely, the Shiprider integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement project that has been in place since 2009.
The new amendments in the budget bill will broaden the scope to land operations, where the perimeter security agreement signed by Stephen Harper and Barack Obama envisages integrated teams operating in intelligence and criminal investigation.
There are already 15 integrated border enforcement teams operating along the 49th parallel but the legislative changes would allow the FBI or U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue suspects onto Canadian soil. Embassy magazine reported this week that aerial police surveillance has not been ruled out.
The legislation doesn't completely hand the farm over to the Americans – suspected criminals apprehended in Canada could not be removed to the U.S."