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U.S. - Canada Border Wait Times Will Increase: Union

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The United States and Canada border crossing is shown Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Lacolle, Quebec, south of Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) | AP


The union representing Canada's border service agents is warning Quebecers could be in for delays at the border this summer.

The agency had its funding slashed in the March 2012 federal budget, with more than 1,000 jobs affected.

"You can expect that the time wait will keep increasing [as] we're going into the summer," said Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU).

The union said the budget cuts will mean fewer staff members at the border, and less security means longer waits.

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