May not be a good idea at this time 11-03-01
I arrived at the US-Canadian border in the early afternoon.
The customs official proceeded with the usual questions, asking the nature
of the visit. I said I was on vacation and had the notion take a
few days to drive part of Canada and take a few photographs. He asked
if I had any alcohol, tobacco, or firearms. I replied I had none,
and was told that since it was my first visit to Canada, I would have to
go through customs. He also told me at this time to be sure all my cameras
were turned off because
I pulled my vehicle over to the designated parking area
and proceeded to stand in front
The inspector opened each suitcase and duffel bag, examining the contents. Twice during the search, another official came up to the customs agent and gave him instructions, whispering in his ear. This seemed to spur him on to do a more thorough search. After finding none of what I had already stated that I did not have, the official finally removed a spiral notebook from one of the bags and read it carefully page by page. This was nothing more than a scribbled, dis-organized nootebook, a record of some calls made to me by various people, along with some personal notes. The official finally became bored with it and handed over the yellow paper that I was to take inside.
Inside the building was a counter with three windows such
as tellers use at a bank. The official behind one of the windows
motioned to me and I took the yellow paper to him. He proceeded
with all kinds of rapid fire questions, wanting to know what was the nature
of the visit, how long was I planning to stay, why did my comments to the
first official, indicating a few days of vacation differ from the vague
one or two week vacation I just mentioned to him. I replied that
I was not on a fixed schedule and did not haveplans to leave on a specific
day. His questions became more detailed and came quickly: Was
I visiting anyone, if so what is their address, their phone number.
He left the counter at that time and returned in about 10 minutes.
He looked at the camera I had been carrying and asked if it was a camera
and when I said yes, he asked,
At this point, the wife of one of the men in the other
group who were being processed at the ajaent window, said to her husband,
who was getting frustrated with the questions he was being asked, said,
"Count your blessings, dear, you should hear what they are asking her!"
My customs official returned after about 10 minutes:
This is how my Canadian vacation started. I drove
Nafta-A Big Sham
Weren't we told how nafta would lead to better trade,
more jobs, prosperity, if only we would stop
Well, sure looks like the little guy is getting the shaft again! Seems a book and video was ordered from the US for the total amount of $45 US. The order was shipped via Fed Ex two day delivery and arrived five days later, having been through customs. Seems Canadian Customs and Revenue Canada slapped the customer with $14 in taxes and duties. When asked "Whatever happened to NAFTA?" The answer was "we don't know." So just who is benefiting from all this "free trade?"