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06/17/2015 13:52 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Tool for tracking terror suspects in the skies faces further delays

OTTAWA - The Conservative government appears set to miss another target date for delivering a border tracking system that could stop homegrown terrorists from joining battles overseas.And with just days left in the parliamentary calendar before a fall election, it's not clear when — or even if — the necessary legislative and regulatory changes will come.Under the Canada-U.S. perimeter security pact, the federal government committed to begin collecting records of people leaving Canada on international flights as of June 30, 2014.It missed that deadline and would not reveal a new date, saying only that information would be provided in due course.However, a briefing note obtained under the Access to Information Act shows federal agencies were eyeing October of this year for completion of the project.It now seems the government will almost certainly miss the revised implementation date, as the required legal and administrative changes remain to be done.The House of Commons is expected to rise shortly and return some time after a general election this fall.Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter