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Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:54 PM

Has everyone/anyone taken a look at the NEW border deal between the U.S. and Canada? [View all]

If not, I strongly suggest looking closely at it. It is being touted as the biggest deal since NAFTA and it IS. It goes far beyond mere ease of travel, etc, that one might expect. Our privacy is being invaded so corporations can save 16 billion (and that's just Canada's number) at the cost to the tax payers of ONE BILLION (again, this is just the Canadian cost, I have not seen what the cost to US taxpayers will pay for this boondoggle).

We, on both sides of the border, will have to check-in at both the US border control and the Canadian one on entering and leaving instead of just the one it is now. There will now be shared databases which both will have access to. The shared database on the Canadian side will be the RCMP one, I am going to assume it will be the Homeland Security database in the U.S. but have not seen that being said as yet.

Regulations governing health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment are going to be 'harmonized' which, imo, means lowered to the lowest common denominator.


"These agreements represent the most significant step forward in Canada-U.S. co-operation since the North American Free Trade Agreement," Harper said in a statement Wednesday before a press conference in Washington, D.C. with U.S. President Barack Obama to announce the new "action plan."


Consumer health products that have already been approved in the U.S. could get faster approval in Canada, with regulatory bodies sharing information and adjusting labelling standards to make it easier to market a product in both countries.


Officials say it's not yet clear exactly what information will be shared about Canadian and U.S. citizens when they cross the shared border. Currently, no information is shared upon entry or exit.


Canadian and U.S. officials picked out 29 points where the two countries can bring their rules closer together, in health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment. That could mean more products, including therapeutic and over-the-counter treatments, available in Canada because of easier approvals.



I have linked an article from Canada's perspective and even it doesn't go into the kind of detail and analysis I think is needed given the massive changes inherent in this deal.

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