Ontario urges Ottawa to move on North American security perimeter

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Ontario urges Ottawa to move on North American security perimeter

TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman will meet with Federal Industry Minister Brian Tobin in Ottawa today to deliver a message -- listen to Ontario business about border security.
Runciman is in Ottawa to personally deliver the report from Ontario's Industry Leaders Roundtable on Border Issues, held Nov. 2 in Toronto.
"Ontario business strongly endorsed the idea of a North American security perimeter so that border trade can continue to flow smoothly," Runciman said. "While I have already sent this report to several federal ministers, including Mr. Tobin, I felt it was important that I deliver their views in person."
Runciman, who will be taking part in a federal-provincial conference call of trade ministers later today, said it was vital that federal officials develop a security perimeter plan that would benefit Canada rather than have such a plan developed by the United States. Runciman said he would be sharing the Roundtable's recommendations with his provincial counterparts.
"This is not just an Ontario issue," Runciman stressed. "This is a Canadian issue. Canada-U.S. trade is crucial to the economic prosperity of this country. The only way it will continue to be prosperous for both sides is to maintain the free flow of goods, services and people across the border. A North American security perimeter is vital to those plans."
"We called upon the federal government to establish a North American security perimeter that would enhance our safety and strengthen our economy," said Attorney General David Young. "We're encouraged by some comments made by the federal government and we will continue to push this important initiative and work towards this objective."

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