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Border deal could save businesses $30B a year, says Minister Fast

Clearing up restrictions that clog the Canada-U.S. border could save businesses in both countries as much as $30 billion a year, according to Canada's minister of international trade.

That's the key to the first phase of a Canada-U.S. perimeter security deal now being negotiated, Ed Fast said during an appearance on CTV's Question Period Sunday morning.

"We would like to see something passed quickly," Fast said. "The cost to Canadians and Americans alike of current barriers across our border are estimated at $15-to-30-billion a year."

Is the Border Broken? Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Does border enforcement prevent terrorism? How effectively does it reduce contraband trafficking? To what extent should corresponding investments in physical barriers, technology, and personnel, which have been massive in the past ten years, be directed elsewhere besides the southwestern border? If not terrorists and other national security risks, who is being stopped at the southwestern border? And do the apprehensions of economic migrants from Latin America, who represent the vast majority of apprehensions, improve national security or are they instead distractions from true threats?

Border Security Challenges After 9/11: A Conversation With Three Commissioners of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Co-sponsored with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection History Department

Commissioner Alan Bersin of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) joins former commissioners Robert Bonner and Ralph Basham in a discussion of border security since 9/11. This roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, will examine how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation’s homeland have evolved over the last decade.

Securing North America: A Discussion of the Canada First Defense Strategy

Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command

Northern Border Crime and Terror Networks: Fact or Fiction?

Christian Leuprecht, associate professor, Royal Military College of Canada

Todd Hataley, Queen's University's Centre for International and Defence Policy

Erin Miller, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Gary Ackerman, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Hannah Meyers, Yale University