OTTAWA — The Liberal government is looking at ways to improve scrutiny of Canada’s border agency.
The office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is examining how best to provide the Canada Border Services Agency with appropriate review mechanisms.
The statement comes as civil rights groups and immigration lawyers decry the second death of someone in the agency’s custody in less than a week.
A border agency spokeswoman has declined to identify the two individuals, citing privacy law.
The Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group wants an independent investigation into in-custody deaths.
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers want the federal government to create an independent watchdog to supervise the border agency.