A federal border agent, fired after trying to pick up a package of hashish at a post office, has been reinstated by the public sector labour relations board and awarded 17 months of back pay.
Danielle Campeau, a border services officer based at the airport in Sept-Îles, Quebec, twice went to a local post office on Feb. 5, 2016 to retrieve a package that her “sporadic boyfriend” had mailed to her home. He lived in Montreal and told her he didn’t want his visiting parents to find his hash.
At the time, marijuana and its extracts, including hash, were illegal. (Cannabis extracts became legal to produce and sell in Canada in October 2019.)
On the morning of Feb. 5, a post office employee refused to give Campeau the package, saying “it smelled of drugs.” The 24-year-old Campeau returned in the afternoon and, when a postal worker again refused to hand over the package, she panicked and went directly to the Sûreté du Quebec, the provincial police force, to report what she had done.
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by Andrew Duffy Ottawa Sun