Actions to promote trade and improve security on the table at Ontario Border Forum

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Actions to promote trade and improve security on the table at Ontario Border Forum

TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - To help encourage and protect economic growth and job creation, Ontario's Premier, Mike Harris, and Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman are launching a half-day Roundtable on Border Issues on Friday, November 2. Business leaders and others will meet in Toronto to discuss the impact of the tragic events of September 11th on border security and the economy and to suggest a course of action.
"Ontario is committed to improving security while ensuring that the free flow of goods, services and travel across our border with the United States is not jeopardized," Minister Runciman said. "We must work with all parties to keep the borders open for trade to maintain economic prosperity for both sides."
Premier Harris, who along with Minister Runciman visited Ground Zero in New York City October 16, has already offered Ontario's support for the province's U.S. neighbours as they work to recover from terrorist acts.
New York Governor George Pataki has indicated that his state will mirror Ontario's Roundtable to develop ideas for improving border security and easing border congestion. Governor Pataki proposed that the results from the New York and Ontario Roundtables be consolidated into a joint report and provided to both federal governments.

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