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Washington – December 12, 2011 - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, to discuss border security and trade.
“Canada and the United States have long cooperated on trade and security measures at the border,” said Minister Toews. “The Beyond the Border Action Plan announced last week by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama demonstrates our shared commitment to create economic opportunities and to improve the border by identifying security threats as early as possible and to facilitate the legitimate flow of goods and travel.”
“In today's world, we face increasingly global economic and security challenges,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The United States and Canada must continue to work together to not only expand our economies and spur job growth, but also to enhance our shared security.”
“The Action Plan is a win-win proposition for Canada and the U.S. that will deliver concrete results. Secretary Napolitano and I look forward to our continued work together and these bilateral meetings are critical to drive the process forward,” added Minister Toews.
During his visit in Washington, Minister Toews also met with other U.S. officials and is very pleased with the bilateral cooperation being made on issues such as cyber security, aviation security and counter-terrorism.
Minister Toews and Secretary Napolitano will meet again at the Cross-Border Crime Forum meeting being held in Ottawa in March 2012. The forum is a joint effort of Public Safety Canada, the Department of Justice Canada, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It contributes to enhancing cooperation on key cross-border crime and security issues, with a particular focus on addressing a number of cross-border issues, including terrorism, organized crime, drugs trafficking, economic crime, prosecutions and others.
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