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It’s time to extend pre-clearance facilities at Canada-U.S. border to enhance economic growth

By Independent Senator Doug Black      

Most major airports in Canada have pre-clearance for travellers heading to the United States. American customs officers operate on this end of flights going south to speed up the process, allowing Canadians to land in the U.S. and simply walk out of the airport en route to their business meetings, vacations, or family reunions.

Independent Senator Doug Black is sponsoring a government bill in the Senate that seeks to entrench in law an agreement for customs and immigration pre-clearance signed by the American and Canadian governments in 2015. Flickr photo by Abdallah H
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Canada is a trading nation. And while we look to develop other trading partners, we musn’t forget that America remains our main dance partner. But while Canadians clearly support diversifying the markets we do business in, they also know that this country’s fate will forever be tied geographically, economically and culturally to the United States. Parliament should remain focused, first and foremost, on our southern neighbour—from tightening ties to breaking barriers, in ways both big and small. In

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