Here is a transcript of what Bush and Harper said after today’s bilateral meeting as part of the trilateral summit with Mexico here in New Orleans. A full press conference will be held tomorrow.
It sounds as if Bush considers the passports-at-the-border issue to have been successfully resolved:
“…I can remember the last time we visited, there was great concern about whether or not the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative would be counterproductive to our friendship and relationship. I thank your government, thank your ministers and the people in your staff for working hard to find a way that meets our laws and didn’t inconvenience the people of Canada or the United States. So I’m pleased with that progress…”
These people may differ.