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Westman border crossings get upgrades

Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris officially opens the Goodlands port of entry with CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

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Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris officially opens the Goodlands port of entry with CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Significant upgrades at three border crossings in southwest Manitoba were unveiled Tuesday, after each one got $5.5 million in new facilities.

Larry Maguire, the Conservative MP for Brandon–Souris, officially opened the new facilities at the Goodlands on Tuesday morning, along with Claude Rochette, a vice-president with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Along with the Goodlands crossing, south of Deloraine on Highway 21, new facilities were opened at Lyleton, south of Pierson on Highway 256, and Coulter, on Highway 83.

The new facilities each measure over 300 metres square and are significant upgrades over the previous structures. They include the addition of bi-level primary inspection line booths, tertiary garages, and safe and secure detention cells and arming rooms.

The new garages at these three ports of entry are fully enclosed, enabling officers to conduct extensive examinations safely, while protecting travellers from the outdoor elements.

These new state-of-the-art facilities offer significantly enhanced operational capacity and are reflective of a modern law enforcement agency, according to a government press release.

Last year, more than 17,000 vehicles and nearly 40,000 travellers entered Canada through the Goodlands crossing; Coulter saw 13,000 vehicles and more than 20,000 travellers; and Lyleton processed more than 13,000 vehicles and nearly 28,000 travellers.

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