Last Updated on January 24, 2019
On the eve of their upcoming meeting, it is being revealed that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau plan to announce measures on continental climate change and to reduce barriers affecting cross-border trade.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced that Prime Minister Trudeau’s official visit to the White House this week should result in a new border pact that will remove a series of barriers hindering the flow of travellers and trade while improving security.
Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, has raised concerns that sharing information on Canadian citizens with U.S. security agencies could infringe their civil liberties.
Mr. Goodale, however, said any agreement would include appropriate confidentiality provisions and added that officials from both countries are working towards an entry/exit record-sharing system between law-enforcement agencies
In addition, a measure to reduce red tape for shippers is also under work, including preclearance at manufacturing plants in Canada. The proposal under discussion deals with U.S. Customs pre-inspections at manufacturing facilities in Canada which leads to trains and trucks being held up at border crossings.
The impending announcement by the White House talks will also include wide-ranging energy and climate-change strategy. This would involve topics such as the regulation of methane gases that come from fracking to vehicle fuel and emissions.
According to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, auto emissions are a significant source of greenhouse-gas emissions.
International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said the negotiations on climate change, border security and trade have been helped by the fact the President is holding a state dinner in Mr. Trudeau’s honour.
Since the 9/11 terror attacks, the Canada-U.S. border has been burdened by security measures. In 2000, 90 million cars and 7.1 million trucks crossed the border compared with 59.6 million cars and 5.8 million trucks in 2014.
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