West Island man accuses customs agents of racial profiling

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 3/23/2012 6:00:00 AM

A Baie D'Urfe man is upset with Canada's border services people.

52-year-old Nader Naderpour, a Canadian of Iranian descent who's lived in this country for more than 30 years, arrived at Trudeau airport Sunday, fresh from a vacation in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and says what happened at customs, is nothing short of racial profiling.

He says he underwent a lengthy search of all of his luggage, and was peppered with inappropriate questions.

"They said 'sir, we have to check,'" Naderpour said. "I said, 'look, your reactions are becoming like a socialist government.'"

At that point, he was then asked how long he's been in this country. "32 years," he replied.

"He said, 'why don't you go back to your country?' I was really ticked off about that."

He adds it's not the first time this kind of thing has happened; that it's happened three times in two years.

The McGill graduate and engineer owns his own business, employs Canadians and says he's a model citizen.

Naderpour is demanding answers from airport security and has taken his battle to Lac St. Louis MP Francis Scarpaleggia, who promises to take up the matter further with Federal Security Minister Vic Toews.

So far, there's been no comment from the Canadian Border Services Agency.

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