Breaking down borders: Canada-U.S. trade and security

The following is from the 3 February 2011 edition of “”.

Why it’s happening

Barack Obama and Stephen Harper will sign an action plan Friday ordering bureaucrats to draft agreements that would tighten continental security and the flow of trade.

Borders aren’t flowing as easily as they did in the years before Sept. 11, or in trade parlance, they are thickening. Friday’s declaration aims to break the logjams while also deterring possible terrorist attacks.

If the agreements live up to expectations, the two countries would integrate efforts to clear goods and people crossing the border, to improve infrastructure, to harmonize safety standards for consumer products and to share information about who and what is setting foot on the other’s shores…

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