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Chretien to meet with Fox to discuss border security

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Prime Minister Jean Chretien will be meeting with Mexican President Vincente Fox today to discuss b...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Prime Minister Jean Chretien will be meeting with Mexican President Vincente Fox today to discuss border security measures.

The private meeting, to be held in Veracruz., will be aimed at coming up with ways to convince the U.S. not to clamp down more than necessary at its northern and southern borders, hurting trade.

Insiders say that Chretien will be asking Fox for suggestions that can be implemented on the Canada/U.S. border to ensure the border is safe while allowing the movement of goods to cross unhindered.

“Both sides are facing challenges that they will share their concerns for at this time,” says a senior government official. “Like us, they’re managing the border issue…how to engage the Americans.”

Liberal MP Paddey Tornsey and Unity Minister Stephane Dion will be accompanying Chretien on the trip.


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