Friday, October 07, 2011

Fortress North America

"Very blue liberal" likes the Tory Fortress North America plan. Wonder how long he will stay a grit.

Manley lauds perimeter pact

Canada-U.S. agreement will bring jobs, stimulate growth, ex-Liberal says
Fri, Oct 7 - 4:53 AM

John Manley: 'Some of this is long overdue.' (ANDREW VAUGHAN / The Canadian Press / File)

OTTAWA — The federal government’s new perimeter security deal with the United States will create jobs and stimulate growth in both countries, says a leading business voice and one-time Liberal cabinet minister.

Former foreign minister John Manley, head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, says the estimated $1-billion cost of the pact will be money well spent that pays dividends over time.

"Some of that expenditure is going to have to be made, to make things work. But to the extent that you facilitate the supply chain across the Canada-U.S. border, you’re going to create jobs on both sides," Manley said Thursday in an interview.

"It’s one of those areas where you can say actually there’s going to be payback over time. The fact that the number is that big probably suggests that some of this is long overdue."

The deal, as described to The Canadian Press by several sources, includes significant spending on border-post infrastructure and information-sharing programs to bring Canada more closely in line with the U.S.

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