Lametti wants to make changes so that postal inspectors can open suspicious letters, not just big packages, which they are currently allowed to do under the Canada Post Corporation Act (CPCA).
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, this review will help ensure that inspectors have the necessary authority to investigate and prevent the transport of illegal items through the mail system.
“It is important not only to law enforcement but also important to the protection of human rights and rights to privacy under the Charter,” said Lametti.
Lametti stated at a Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee that regulations prohibiting the inspection of letters weighing up to 30 grams would require rewriting the CPCA.
In the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police submission to the committee, they highlighted that drug dealers are known to use letter mail for shipping narcotics.
“Too many criminals are exploiting the current loophole in this legislative framework making large profits using Canada Post to commit criminal acts and putting Canadian lives at risk,” wrote the Chiefs.