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Public safety Minister speaks on Beyond the Border Initiatives

OTTAWA, Ont.–The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, addressed the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance annual conference in Ottawa this week.

Minister Blaney spoke on several initiatives implemented under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, a CanadaUnited States of America (U.S.) joint strategy to strengthen security and increase economic prosperity for both countries. For example, Minister Blaney highlighted the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance signed in March 2015 with the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, and tabled in Parliament on April 22nd, 2015.

In addition, Minister Blaney spoke about Canada’s Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, which addresses terrorist threats by introducing measures that would, among other things, enhance the Passenger Protect Program by further mitigating threats to transportation security and preventing travel by air for the purpose of engaging in terrorism-related activities. These and other measures introduced by the Harper Government will help keep Canadians and Americans safe, while facilitating legitimate trade and travel between Canada and the U.S..

“Our government continues to enhance security at the border, enabling economic prosperity and protecting our critical infrastructure. Working together with our partners in the U.S. will help our countries achieve our goal of addressing threats at the earliest point possible and facilitating the flow of legitimate goods and travellers,” said -The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.