The Harper-Obama meeting in the White House was a conspicuous success

The Gazette
February 7, 2011
By Ian Macdonald

""A threat to the United States is a threat to Canada, to our trade, to our interests, to our values and to our common civilization."

“…On substance, they signed off on a 10-page declaration appointing a joint task force for a border that it is both secure and streamlined. The problem with the world’s longest undefended border in the post-9/11 era is that it’s, well, mostly undefended. The U.S. obsession with security is matched by the Canadian preoccupation with the $1.5 billion of two-way trade that crosses the border every day. Stated another way -their safety depends on the border, our livelihood relies on it.

After years of Canadian fretting about a “thickening of the border,” as if it were some kind of waist line, Harper spoke Friday of “de-congesting the border.” That’s a much more felicitous way of putting it. And he noted: “while a border defines two peoples, it need not divide them.”