Canada-U.S. border deal to cost $1 billion

Ottawa to track fraudulent unemployment insurance recipients and landed immigrants


The Canada-U.S. border deal that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama are due to announce on Wednesday comes with a price tag of $1 billion, the Canadian Press reports. That’s how much it will cost to implement new entry-exit screening requirements demanded by the White House, according to Colin Robertson, formerly a diplomat in Washington, who has spoken to negotiators of the Beyond the Border deal. The new border security enforcement measures, though, will benefit Canada as well, allowing the government to better keep track of unemployment insurance recipients who no longer live in Canada, and landed immigrants who fail to meet residency requirements.

The Canadian Press

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Canada-U.S. border deal to cost $1 billion

  1. Too little too late

    • Better late than never.

  2. By my estimation more than 50 percent of Pakistani Immigrants who came to Canada from Middle East / Arab countries have CDN passports and never stayed her for more than 6 months before they got their passports. CBSA cannot or does not do anything about it.

    • You havr to be a citizen to get passports. 6 months and their visa would expire unless they applied for laned immagrant status which there is a very very long waiting list that takes years to be accepted on. Then they need to wait a number of years further to aquire citizenship…. then they can get passports. No one can get passports within the timeframe you describe

  3. Another Harper boondoggle! Will cost tax payers a billion$ for minimal results and compromise our sovereignty.

  4. Unfortunately we are just beginning to understand why the US is hated around the world.

    They are no longer the biggest bully on the block and have forgotten how to treat their friends.

    Increase  the price of our surplus of natural resources to cover all these added expenses !

    • Unfortunately Harper does not have the needed underpinnings.

    • Given the free ride on security that Canada and western Europe have enjoyed at the expense of the US taxpayer since the end of WW2, I see little to complain about….

      • We’ve never had any kind of security from the Americans….that’s just one of their many  myths.

  5. this is all politics……give the US what they want for security (at our expense of course), and grease the wheel to get the keystone pipeline ok’d. not at all inconsistent with harper and co. to trade our sovereignty for quick bucks and jobs. what no one seems to mention is why is this necessary during these uncertain economic times……whats happening in europe could hit our shores…..and our govt seems blind or worse to the winds on this. so much money harper spends on security…..for what? what do we as taxpayers get from it? yet cuts to social programs continue unabated…..now theyre cutting into ozone monitoring, pulling out of kyoto, cutting funding to auditor generals office…….this conservative govt is ruining this country and its prestige/reputatation!

  6. Almost as expensive as a 3 day party says Harper

  7. Oo. More border security funds. How many gazebos will Tony get out of this round?

  8. Canada and the US do a Billion in trade A DAY. This is nothing in terms of the economic benefit!

    • Who to?

  9. The Americans seem to be ignorant of the fact that the terrorist incidents that plague them have all entered through borders they alone control. Those that don’t happen that way, are usually the result of internal actions. Canada and Mexico can be accused of many things but not fostering terrorinsm in the US. If the US effort is to effectivlyt control heroin coming in through Mexico and grass coming in from Canada lets face those specific problems and not lump into the whole aspect of trade and tourism. There is a reason why the US is a target for these products it is the misery, the wealth and a general lack of morality.

  10. Anher no news story.Everything cost money and if the security of North Amercia is improved it is money well spent.

  11. Just another way to spy on Canadian citizens. Will the Canadian government be sending the names of all EI recipients to the U.S. border guards so they can watch for them? Will they do the same with all landed immigrants? Or will the U.S. just send Ottawa  a list of ALL Canadians who cross the border so Ottawa can cross-reference them? I don’t see any other way they can catch all those EI and landed immigrant “criminals”.

  12. Unemployment insurance recipients that no longer live in Canada? Sooo.. they want to keep track of the poor? I dont get it… Why are they doing this?

    • If you aren’t residing in Canada, you aren’t eligible for EI. You have to be available for work. Heck, you’re not even supposed to go on a trip within Canada if it means you are unavailable to start work immediately should a job offer come up – so arguably even an overnight trip to the US could breach the terms for receipt of benefits.

      • Does Harper really believe that $1 billion of EI benefits are being spent in the US?
        I doubt it.

        He is a control freak: there is no limit to how much he is willing to spend to increase his control over Canadians.

        • Hey, I’m no fan of Harper or this deal – just trying to correct a misunderstanding of what the article is saying.

          People residing in the US – or taking vacations – should not be receiving EI. Anyone doing so is ripping off taxpayers, and while the primary reason – and expense – for this agreement is to keep the US from tightening the borders against entry from Canada. The government is trying to point out that a side benefit is that it will enable them to catch EI cheaters; they think it will win over voters.

          Personally, I don’t think that’s anywhere near a sufficient gain to be worth sacrificing a nation’s sovereignty – but then, I didn’t vote CPC either.

  13. Not that I’m any fan of the accursed Gun Registry, but I see it didn’t take long for Harper to use the money he might have saved from cancelling the program to spend it on something equally inane.  This kind of behaviour is making the Libertarians more attractive every day. 

  14. I tried real hard to formulate a response to some people on here. Halliburton? Economic benefit to who? US security? But I just sadly walked away, shaking my head while thinking   “All that and the ability to reproduce?”

  15. Canada will be a close ally of the United States, or its enemy

    The new cross-border security agreement can save Canada from an extremely difficult position. Want it or not, Canada have to be a close ally and partner of the United States if it don’t want to be a collateral damage in the actual China’s economic and politic war to the last superpower.
    Even if the controversial oil pipeline to connect oil sands from westerns Canada to Houston refineries is expected to be part of the talks between the two leaders, it has no place there. The president is pushing back TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline approval until after next fall’s presidential election to appease environmental supporters. It is not Obama who is playing politics with Canadian crude but the Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The fundamental problem of that pipeline is the desire of the Harper government to extract tar sands oil without asking producers to clean up their act. United States citizens, more conscious of environmental problems than Albertan, want more from their government than Canadian want from their constitutional monarchy. And they obtain it.
    The accord should result in better protection while speeding border traffic. The initiative should be ambitious to close some really big holes. Erecting a thicker wall of security around the joint Canada-U.S. perimeter is by far the best way to go. Both countries hope to improve protection against terrorists while also speeding up cross-border traffic for travellers and businesses. Canada and the U.S. should share information for a better mutual protection. The problem is that Canada’s heavily infiltrated information system is a problem for the far more potent US security one. Each piece of information given to Canadian agents can be in possession of China as soon as he opened his computer. So, the new pact should strengthen cyber security but using US knowledge. Even with that, it will not fully protect important infrastructure from intrusions of Russian and Chinese “hackers”. Off the Net redundant emergency systems should be in place to catch Murphy’s Law category intrusions to come. 
    The Canada-U.S. relationship is such an integrated relationship that Keystone XL pipeline should not come up in this more vital alliance between the two countries. It is less about energy and reliability as an historic ecological blindness. Risk management must become the norm and not the exception. For Canada, having better borders access in exchange for the Americans getting more capacity for tracking potential danger make sense. Another 9/11 type accident can put the United States in front of a true, the Canadian government try to hide since Pierre Trudeau’s era. Trade trumps border security when nothing appends, but if a dirty radioactive bomb cross the Canadian border and explode in the US, hell will break loose.

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