Big Saskatchewan family's 2-year battle at border ends after premier steps in
A big Saskatchewan family's two-year fight is finally over after Premier Brad Wall waded into the battle at the border.
The Morris family’s vehicle had sat idle at the North Portal border crossing after Canadian border officials refused to let it cross because it had been modified in the U.S.
After months of phone calls, letters, emails and meetings, Canada Border Services Agency gave the family of 10 a 30-day deadline in July to sell the vehicle or see it destroyed.
But on Wednesday, Premier Brad Wall said the family will be allowed to bring the modified vehicle home, as long as it passes a full inspection.
“We’re going to license this car,” Wall said in an exclusive interview with CTV News.
“It needs to just simply pass routine inspections and we’ll accept the responsibility of licensing it for the province of Saskatchewan and right of the Crown. That seemed to be the solution that would work.”
Alison Morris said the family was “excited, but it doesn’t really seem real yet.”
“We’ve had lots of people tell us to quit over the last two years, well-meaning people, that didn’t want to see us hurt anymore," she said. "But I believed that we were going to get it all the way along. I just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”
She added that she hopes her story prompts Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his transportation minister to look at options for large families.
“We’ve also encouraged them to encourage manufacturers to look at building different options,” Alison said. “If we could have purchased something different, we would have.”
She says the two-year struggle has taken its toll on her and her husband, Edwin, as well as their eight children. But as the journey comes to an end, the Morris’s believe it was their “defining moment as a family.”
“When things get tough, you don’t just quit and give up,” Alison said.
“When something is right and you need to defend it and continue to defend it, you should. We had no guarantee that this outcome would happen, but we had to still give it our best effort until we couldn’t do anymore because that’s how we want (the children) to live their lives.”
Based on a report by CTV Regina’s Kelsey Chadwick