TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) admitted one of its officers crossed a “line” when filmed receiving a lap dance from a drag queen during an “inclusive workplace culture” event that included senior management and a full-on drag performer.
As first reported by The Canadian Independent, a confidential source provided them with video of the drag show, which took place on June 20, within the confines of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The employee provided the new outlet with the video and information but wished to “remain anonymous due to fear of reprisal.”
Video of the incident has gone viral with over 250,000 views and shows many CSBA officers cheering on the drag queen performer while in uniform and on duty at the event, which was sanctioned by the agency.
At one point in the video, the drag queen can be seen giving a lap dance to a uniformed CBSA officer to loud cheers.
Some senior CBSA management attended the event as well. It is alleged that one of the officials was CBSA director Marija Cuvalo, who was said to be sitting in the front row.
The video of the drag performance elicited a large backlash on social media.
“So 1 in 5 families are at a food bank, the country is imploding and our tax dollars are paying for this. What freaking universe are we living in?” wrote one Twitter user.
Another Twitter user wrote about the video, “Justin Trudeau’s version of Canada shining through like the strip club it’s becoming.”
LifeSiteNews has confirmed with the CBSA that the event did take place and that uniformed officers were in attendance.
CBSA admits a ‘line’ was crossed during the ‘drag’ performance
LifeSiteNews contacted the CBSA media relations team asking for confirmation of the details of The Canadian Independent report as well as answer why uniformed officers were allowed to attend a drag show while on duty.
CBSA spokesperson Karine Martel replied to LifeSiteNews via email and confirmed the event took place on June 20 and that some 70 officers, both uniformed and non-uniformed, attended.
“To deliver its mandate effectively, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) must understand the people it serves. The CBSA organized a one-hour event during Pride month, at Toronto Pearson International Airport, for employees to learn more about the 2SLGBTQI+ community and to promote an inclusive workplace culture,” Martel noted to LifeSiteNews.
The CBSA said the event was preceded by a 55-minute “information and Q&A session and closed with a musical performance.
“A line was crossed during the performance of a second unexpected song that included the lap dancing seen on social media. While the footage is not representative of what the full session was, the CBSA has followed up with local management,” Martel told LifeSiteNews.
Martel noted the cost of the event was fully “covered by employees through fundraising activities of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.”
“No public funds were used,” he noted.
The CBSA apologized for having introduced “inappropriate behavior” at a workplace event.
“While we stand behind the decision to hold events to raise awareness, we apologize for allowing the introduction of inappropriate behaviour at a workplace event,” Martel noted to LifeSiteNews.
According to the confidential source, the entire drag event took place while the airport was busy, which resulted in backlogs at the airport customs for “two hours.”
However, Martel told LifeSiteNews that “there was no impact to border operations.”
As noted by The Canadian Independent, “It is essential that transparency and appropriate action be taken to address any potential misconduct and ensure the integrity of the CBSA’s operations at one of Canada’s busiest airports.”
The CBSA has not been without controversy. In 2022, it was disclosed that CBSA agents had searched 33,373 travelers’ smartphones, tablets, and laptops over a four-year period.
Also, throughout the COVID crisis, many Canadians and international travelers faced immensely long wait times at border services desks in Canada’s airports. Also, for those Canadians who did not get the jab, they were for a time outright prevented from boarding a plane.
As for the proliferation of “drag” events, the LGBT lobby has labeled June as “pride month,” which has resulted in a fever pitch of disturbing events across Canada, such as fully nude men parading in front of kids at Toronto’s “pride parade.”
These events have the full support of the federal government, which has given millions in recent years to LGBT groups.
In recent weeks, there has been a steady rise in protests against LGBT propaganda across Canada.
Last weekend, more than 250 Muslim and Christian parents, children, and other pro-family citizens gathered for the second straight weekend to protest the ongoing promotion of extreme LGBT ideology in public schools.