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An interesting opinion piece appeared on the CNN website today suggesting that the time may be right for a North American Passport involving Mexica, U.S. and Canada. Some of the suggested benefits include:

  • By erecting a wall along the border and making crossings so difficult, costly and dangerous, we have interrupted the old "circularity" of migratory flows, trapping millions of workers on this side of the border.
  • In the face of growing competition from rising powers elsewhere in the world, simply taking our geography for granted and focusing our attention elsewhere is no longer a viable option.
  • Integrated production platforms, sometimes spanning all three countries, have helped draw manufacturing back from competitors across the Pacific.
  • Mexico is the linchpin to the U.S. relations with the countries of Central and South America. The economic prosperity, education and security of Mexico's people will help determine the overall competitiveness of North America on the global stage. Moreover, Americans on this side of the Rio Grande must acknowledge the "Mexicanness" in the United States and treat Mexicans living here with the dignity and respect they deserve.

I'm not convinced that this would be a good idea for Canada, but perhaps, yes, for the United States and Mexico.

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An interesting opinion piece appeared on the CNN website today suggesting that the time may be right for a North American Passport involving Mexica, U.S. and Canada.

I would disagree.

But I think that Canada and the US should issue a single visa to foreigners valid for travel to both countries. IOW, a foreigner admitted to the US (with a valid visa) should also be free to travel to Canada and vice-versa. In practical terms, we already have such a system. A foreigner with Canadian permanent residence or a visitor visa has little problem receiving a US visa, and we admit almost all foreigners as visitors if they have a green card or US visitor status.

The US does not have a problem at the Canada-US land border and the delays there are wrong-headed. Canada and the US should work together to control who arrives on the continent, north of the Rio Grande.

IMHO, our federal government (ie Chretien) seriously dropped the ball on this issue some 10 years ago when the US created the HS department.

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The U.S. already merged with Mexico...back in 1848. Great Britain saved Canada from the Americans, so it will have to stay that way....get a passport.

It has been 200 years. Let it go. Yes we kicked your ass and your army ran away after a glorious battle. Let the past be the past. We have had a pretty good relationship since that terrible beating we inflicted on you all those years ago.

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Why? It never was before. Up until a couple years ago, going back and forth between the US and Canada didn't require a passport. It worked fine.

Because good fences make good neighbours. What's the big deal...get a passport...see the world !

Canadians seeking abortions in the U.S. plummeted from thousands per year to hundreds after a passport was required to enter.

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Because good fences make good neighbours.

We were always good neighbours. Even though you tried to attack us several times, we still let it slide, no worries.

What's the big deal...get a passport...see the world !

I have one, and I do see the world far beyond the US. People who only want to go down there to shop, or up here to hunt, shouldn't need one.

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We were always good neighbours. Even though you tried to attack us several times, we still let it slide, no worries.

Well....no...there was the Caroline Affair....Alaska boundary dispute....Aroostook War....Oregon boundary dispute...etc. Not always so good.

I have one, and I do see the world far beyond the US. People who only want to go down there to shop, or up here to hunt, shouldn't need one.

The U.S. is "foreign" turf...that means passport. Do it for sovereignty, border control, identification, etc. Easy cross border shopping for cheaper gas, booze, and smokes is not a good reason.

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The U.S. is "foreign" turf...that means passport. Do it for sovereignty, border control, identification, etc. Easy cross border shopping for cheaper gas, booze, and smokes is not a good reason.

But does that not bring much needed money to area's that need the cross bordering shopping?

Are you actually complaining because of free markets?

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We didn't need it before, we don't need it now. It's needless interference in the market.

No...you need one now for travel by air. But the U.S. is most kind and gracious, permitting Canadians traveling to our great country for cheaper gas by land and sea to only need one of the following...less if under 16 years old or 50% Native American:

Canadian passport

Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card

NEXUS

FAST/EXPRES

SENTRI enrollment cards

Seems like a whole lotta trouble just to save a few loonies....err...bucks.

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Don't we need the interference in the Wars On This That and the Next Thing?

Naw. We can have our differences and still treat each other like family. It shouldn't be much different than moving from state to state in the US - each has different laws and priorities, but they still make it work.

When I say it shouldn't be much different, I mean it shouldn't HAVE TO be.

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Naw. We can have our differences and still treat each other like family. It shouldn't be much different than moving from state to state in the US - each has different laws and priorities, but they still make it work.

Oh sure...you want free, unfettered access to a nation of 330 million people, better weather, and a huge market.

What do we get....10% of that and bad TV ?

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