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Trade too tight at Canada-U.S. borders

QUEBEC CITY, Que. -- New Brunswick Premier, Bernard Lord and Maine Gov. Angus King are looking into a more continen...

QUEBEC CITY, Que. — New Brunswick Premier, Bernard Lord and Maine Gov. Angus King are looking into a more continental approach to security to ease trade between the neighboring countries.

The 27th annual conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Provinces held at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, saw the issue of trade being uprooted time and again, while Lord and his colleagues have been searching for ways to remove the impediments to cross-border trade without compromising security.

Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, says the U.S. is taking steps to get low-risk vehicles out of the lineups at borders, and creating FAST (Free And Safer Trade) lanes.

Maine assisted New Brunswick with the drafting of the continental security resolution, as King is also a strong proponent of opening the border for more trade and commerce.

A border comparison between Canada and the U.S. and those remaining in Europe was brought to the table, where the European Union has not only adopted a common currency but trucks can travel across many of the international borders largely without restriction.

North American business is disadvantaged while other parts of the world are eliminating their borders and experiencing the new global economy.

Premier Lord says a continental approach to security doesn’t necessarily bring with it a common currency with the U.S. or harmonization of the immigration policies of the two countries, but instead stresses a need to keep the border open to business and closed to terrorists.

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