War would bring border delays: Ambassador

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — America’s ambassador to Canada warns there could be delays at the Canada-U.S. border if his country attacks Iraq.

During a press conference yesterday unveiling new inspection technology at the Peace Bridge, U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci told the media that the border could be clamped down like it was immediately following Sept. 11, 2001.

“Based on intelligence and threat information, that’s always going to be a factor. It’s a factor today,” he told local media.

Cellucci added that nobody wants to see the border clamped shut because it could cause economic harm. He says the Canada-U.S. partnership “will not change” because “our two nations are inexorably linked.”

The Ambassador was in Buffalo along with Elinor Caplan, the Canadian revenue minister, and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre yesterday for the ceremony at the Peace Bridge.

It’s still unclear whether Canada would back a U.S. attack on Iraq.

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