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Thursday, January 31, 2002

Interesting discussion over "continental defense" in the National Post, as Canadian Defence Minister Eggleton was plugging for a joint US-Canadian defense perimeter. That's nice and makes common sense, but the touchy issue will be to have a common immigration perimeter. The US and Canada have very porous borders. If we can have a mutually agreeable immigration and customs policy for people coming from outside the two countries, we can have the "Whereya from? Whereya goin'? How longya stayin'? Have a nice trip" customs check I've grown accustomed to without sacrificing security. That will be hard for the Canadians to swallow, but it beats the economic friction of a full-blown customs check at the border for every-day traffic.

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