OTTAWA, Ont.–The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on June 17 announced the introduction of legislation in the House of Commons to expand the highly popular and effective preclearance agreement with the United States.
The preclearance initiative builds on progress made during the Prime Minister’s official visit to Washington, the government said. There, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama agreed in principle to expand preclearance to a number of new Canadian locations, including Quebec’s Jean Lesage International Airport, Toronto’s Billy Bishop City Airport, Montreal Central Station and the Rocky Mountaineer.
“Today, the Government of Canada demonstrated its commitment to strengthening its relationship with the United States and to ensuring a more efficient and secure border, by introducing the legislation required to implement the Canada–U.S. Preclearance Agreement. When it takes effect, the Agreement will provide the legal framework that will enable the expansion of preclearance operations in all modes of transportation – land, rail, marine and air – including the locations announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in March 2016,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This legislation is an important step towards ensuring the efficient flow of people and goods between our two countries in all transportation modes. We are pleased to build on our long history of successful preclearance operations by introducing a bill that, when passed, will enable us to ratify the new agreement on preclearance,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation.
“Preclearance is a major achievement for both governments, enhancing travel and trade to facilitate robust economies, and increasing efficiency and predictability in cross-border tourism and transportation. I look forward to continuing to work together as international partners to ensure our collective security,” said Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.