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John Manley, CEOs, propose details on perimeter security


The Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the business group headed by former deputy prime minister John Manley, who worked closely with then-DHS secretary Tom Ridge on the “smart border” initiative in the wake of 9/11, has issued its proposal to the US and Canadian governments as part of the “beyond the border” public consultation process that Harper and Obama launched in February. Working groups in each country are preparing an “action plan” aimed at improving the flow of goods and services and cross-border trade .

The group, which represents 150 CEOs of large companies, make a wide range of proposals that they say could be implemented immediately or within two years.

Some of their suggestions include:

On border security:

– Move cargo inspections away from the border to the factor gate for trusted frequent shippers,

– A pilot project to eliminate border re-inspections for meat that has already been inspected within earch country

– Raise duty-free allowances and gift exemptions

– Inspect goods coming from outside of the US/Canada only once upon entry rather than re-inspecting at the border

– Automated information sharing on entry/exit data at the land border

– Align passenger screening programs

– Canada should invest in more biometric technology compatible with existing US systems

On regulatory cooperation:

– Canada should update is copyright legislation

– Eliminate country of origin labeling for meat

– Eliminate agricultural inspection fees

– Harmonize food safety and animal health standards

– Develop energy and environment accord with common standards on advanced technologies

– Align ‘market-driven energy policies’

– Streamline energy infrastructure approvals

– Avoid border charges on greenhouse gas emissions

– Cooperate on clean energy projects

The full document is here.

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John Manley, CEOs, propose details on perimeter security

  1. The border security suggestions seem fine, but the regulatory cooperation stuff could get sticky.

    “Canada should update is copyright legislation”

    Been trying this for years, but despite support from the Liberals, this legislation just couldn’t seem to get off the ground. There’s a lot of economic impact for Canada in aligning with US regs, which are draconian to say the least. Fair Use / Fair Dealing has taken a huge hit down there.

    “Eliminate country of origin labeling for meat”

    This impacts a consumer’s right to know the origin of their food. Going this way would be a 180 degree change of direction. Demand has been pushing for more specific labelling, not less specific.

    “Harmonize food safety and animal health standard”

    Works fine if they want to harmonize with us I suppose, given our much higher standards, but what are the odds hmmm?

    “Develop energy and environment accord with common standards on advanced technologies”
    “Align ‘market-driven energy policies’”
    “Streamline energy infrastructure approvals”
    “Avoid border charges on greenhouse gas emissions”
    “Cooperate on clean energy projects”

    These all point to the creation of a unified energy market. Anyone surprised that the US might want to align with our MASSIVE energy potential and small population? ANYONE?

    I mean it could work out well for us, but then, some of these suggestions come awfully close to a surrender of basic autonomy. We better have one heck of a crafty and well led negotiation team.

    If Manley heads it for one, I’m confident we’ll do well.

  2. When we talk about integrating or harmonizing policies, what we’re really talking about is Canada changing its policies to match the US. That has to be understood.

    The CEOs are a serious group, but this document looks more like a preliminary discussion paper than a policy proposal. We can be sure that what we’re seeing here is the tip of the iceberg, and the real details of what it all actually means will only be discussed behind closed doors.

    Other groups should take notice and make sure they submit something – anything – because you can bet that the failure to participate in this early stage in some way will serve as a bar to participation in the meat and potatoes discussions that will certainly follow fast and furious.

    John Baird’s appointment to Foreign Affairs is, I think, an indication of the level of priority the PMO places on this file.