It will be interesting to see which Mark Holland shows up to the public safety committee today to discuss airport security, the one who told me that this is a serious issue or the one that told other media outlets that this is a “non-existent issue.”
Holland is the Liberal go to guy on public safety and national security issues so naturally I called him for our series of stories on air security and passenger screening. When the story broke on August 1st, Holland told me he was concerned.
“Clearly this is unacceptable. All Canadian Muslims would agree that showing your face for security is essential. The fact that regulations at airports aren’t being followed is disturbing and needs to be fixed immediately,” Holland said.
When the Conservatives sought to call back the public safety committee, he again felt this was a legitimate issue.
“Happy to have the committee come back,” Liberal committee member Mark Holland told QMI Agency. “But what about all the other pressing issues they refuse to deal with?”
Holland said he wanted the committee to deal with CSIS, the RCMP and G8/G20 security issues. All valid points to raise.
Here though is what Holland told my colleague Megan Fitzpatrick from Postmedia on Monday.
“We’re not even certain there is a problem, all we have is a YouTube video,” said Liberal MP Mark Holland. “I don’t really know what the purpose of the meeting is other than to try to get people scared about a non-existent issue.”
That’s interesting. When speaking with Sun Media the Liberal MP is concerned about a security breach, when speaking with other outlets he doesn’t see one at all. What’s also interesting is that Holland knows this is about more than a video because we have talked about the Sun Media/QMI investigation into airport security.
For those that have not heard airport workers in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa have all confirmed that passenger screening practices are not always followed.
So which Mark Holland will show up today?