Progress on U.S.-Canadian Smart Border Action Plan
October 14, 2004 (Ottawa, Canada) -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan highlighted continuing progress on the implementation of the Smart Border Action Plan, including an agreement to engage stakeholders in a discussion on the pre-screening of commercial traffic.
“By screening travelers, shipments and conveyances prior to their reaching the border through a bridge or tunnel, we will increase security and decrease congestion,” said Secretary Ridge. “The discussions we initiated today about pre-clearing people and cargo will ultimately result in better protection for our shared border.”
Deputy Prime Minister McLellan and Secretary Ridge also announced that Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada and the Department of Homeland Security are enhancing cooperation in the areas of national emergency response and the protection of shared critical infrastructure.