VANCOUVER, B.C.– The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, delivered a keynote speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade July 20 that focused on the ties between a strong economy and national security.
The Minister described the economic impacts of disasters and threats, both man-made and natural, such as the ongoing wildfires in western Canada, recent bomb threats to airlines and the prevalent threat of jihadi terrorism.
Minister Blaney also spoke of the measures the Harper Government has taken to address such issues including the recent Preclearance agreement signed with the United States building on other Beyond the Border Action Plan activities “that facilitate the movement of goods and people while maintaining secure borders.”
Close to $1.4 billion has been invested in Asia-Pacific Gateway projects, in partnership with the four western provinces as well as with municipalities, transportation authorities and the private sector, for a total value of approximately $3.5 billion.
“National security and economic stability are two sides of the same coin and two of the Harper Government’s key priorities. As Vancouver is home to Canada’s largest port, a strong and effective border is extremely important to its citizens and to all Canadians,” said the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.