Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Will Canada Become Inconsequential in the New Border Security Deal?

I had mentioned before that the border security deal has had more attention in Canada than the U.S., though some south of the border would like to see it be more aggressive.

From Embassy Magazine: Canada forever ‘collateral damage’ in border discussions
Senator Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security committee, raised the idea of requiring visas for Canadians entering the U.S. Mr. Lieberman’s colleague, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, said she was "gravely concerned" that the border her state shares with Canada is vulnerable to terrorism and drug smuggling. Senator Carl Levin said border security around Detroit is dwindling. The GAO report also led to Michigan Representative Candice Miller telling reporters that while the US has been "so focused on the southern border...the northern border is essentially wide open." And South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan said that the only acceptable outcome for Americans is "total control" of the Canadian border.
But Steve Staples from the Rideau Institute, believes that it could keep Canada trapped inside Fortress North America? We would lose our ability to draft our own security policy, and it would bring us right back into the thick of the Star Wars Defence program. Something Canadians were never interested in.

Former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Michael Wilson, is also concerned that Canada will it's lose sovereignty.

But corporations want this, so we will probably be stuck with it.

It's almost like we never existed at all.

1 comment:

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