Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The economic cost of the Canada-U.S border

Most Canadians do not realize the impact of the current leadership void in tackling cross border security issues with the United States. Without an integrated security perimeter commercial relations between the two countries will become increasingly strained. It is imperative that border issues be resolved and that Canadians recognize the importance of a joint security plan. In a recently published study by the Woodrow Wilson International Center Michael Hart details the trade costs of this failure. See Free Trade in Free Fall? Assessing the Impact of Nontariff Barriers on Canada-U.S. Trade accessible at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1420&fuseaction=topics.event_summary&event_id=372221