Ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, Canadian businesses are hoping the Canada-U.S. border negotiations will finally loosen the security barriers hampering trade between the two countries.
Two public consultation reports released Monday by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird noted improving the movement of goods and people across the border was the priority for Canada's business, industry and trade sector.
The Canada-U.S. border is the gateway to $1.6 billion in bilateral trade daily supporting 7.1 million jobs south of the border and three million in Canada.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, however, security measures have slowly been strangling both trade and tourism.
David Goldstein, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, told the National Post restrictions have devastated trade in some sectors and frustrated travellers.
"We're never going to get back to the same pre-9/11 situation but we can get as close as possible to it," he said. "It is easierRead More »from Canadian businesses hope new border deal removes post-9/11 trade barriers