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Union says border closure could mean security risk

The union representing Canada’s border guards says reducing hours at the border between Stewart, B.C. and Hyder, Alaska could mean increased security risks.

Customs and Immigration Union President Jean-Pierre Fortin says shutting down the border for 8 hours a night won’t likely result in job loss for his members.

But Fortin says it seems to fly in the face of the federal government’s recent emphasis on national security.

Fortin says the Stewart-Hyder border location is one of three in the north where the Canada Border Services Agency is making cuts.

He says the union backs concerns expressed by residents on both sides of the border about the changes which are scheduled to take effect April 1.

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