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COUTTS, Alta. -- Truckers crossing the Canada-U.S. border in southern Alberta may not want to wear their 'Save the...


COUTTS, Alta. — Truckers crossing the Canada-U.S. border in southern Alberta may not want to wear their ‘Save the Whale’ t-shirts during the days leading up to the G8 Summit later this month.

A major border crackdown will be in place in Southern Alberta, with individuals carrying “tools of civil disobedience” being turned away.

“When we have leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful economies coming together at one time and place, it’s our duty to provide protection,” says RCMP Cpl. Jamie Johnston. “We don’t need a reason to deny somebody access to our country.”

It is unclear whether the increased border security will mean backups for trucks at this time, but one would assume so since Canada Customs officials are warning every vehicle crossing the border will be checked in the days leading up to the summit.

“We will be at a more heightened state of alert,” Canada Customs spokesman, Gordon Luchia tells local media.


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