The particular Honorable Ralph Goodale, Minister associated with Public Safety and Emergency Readiness, met with the Honorable John Kelly, U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security, during his first visit to Canada as Secretary and they produced the following statement.
“ Some 400, 000 people plus $2. 4 billion in industry cross our shared border each day. There’ s no question that the strong relationship is essential to ensuring the particular facilitation of legitimate trade plus travel, while securing our nations from shared threats. Today we all continued conversations on our shared passions, common challenges and next steps pertaining to joint initiatives.
This particular work starts with building on this long history of successful passenger preclearance operations, which currently serve almost 12 million passengers a year upon flights to the United States from Canada’ s eight largest airports. Following-up on the commitments in March 2016, we discussed next steps to increase preclearance to new locations within air, rail, land, and sea modes. Canada will also continue to think about potential operations in the United States. While there is certainly still work to be done in conditions of legislation with the passage associated with Bill C-23 in Canada, all of us tasked our officials to record back on these issues, as well as bargain a path forward to go after cargo preclearance or pre-inspection, which includes identifying potential pilot sites.
We recognize the importance of constant, predictable and respectful interactions on the border for travelers in both instructions, and we will continue to look for new methods to improve the flow of legitimate business and travel. The secure plus efficient movement of goods and people over the border helps create jobs plus foster economic growth, and is crucial to the livelihoods of millions of People in america and Canadians.
We all reaffirmed our commitment to information spreading on threats to both the countries and open communication. This can continue to be done in accordance with every country’ s privacy laws plus policies, as well as joint privacy concepts. We look forward to realizing the full advantages of the Entry/Exit initiative once Canadian legislative requirements are met with the passage of Bill C-21. This system has allowed us to confirm the leaving of certain travelers without leading to any delays at the border.
In light of greater focus on migrant flows into Canada, all of us reaffirmed our commitment to share information on the problem, uphold our strong asylum techniques in keeping with our international obligations, and also to enforcing our countries’ laws humanely and with professionalism. We will continue to interact to understand migrant flows, and keep track of the situation on our shared land edge, both at and between slots of entry.
They are just some of the priorities we handled on today and the first of numerous conversations. Other challenges we will continue to keep work on together are cyber protection, critical infrastructure, trade enforcement, plus countering radicalization to violence, in addition to joint border initiatives such as reliable traveler programs.
Admin Kelly also held discussions along with Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation, Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister associated with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship plus Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Affairs on other important parts of Canada-U. S. mutual interest, which includes aviation security, law enforcement collaboration, facilities, and immigration, refugee and australian visa policy.
We anticipate our continued collaboration on problems that contribute to the security, economic growth as well as the protection of rights and freedoms in both our great nations. ”