Immigration Minister Jason Kenney hosted a roundtable discussion on business travel with stakeholders in Toronto last week, crossing another item off Canada’s Beyond the Border checklist.
Kenney led the talks along with Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and David Heyman, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They brought together 25 Canadian stakeholders from a variety of regions and sectors, including energy, business associations, financial services, and hospitality and tourism to get feedback on the agreement as it relates to their operations.
Afterward, Kenney told reporters he had heard some troubling examples of everyday red tape at the Canada-U.S. border that he expects to see cleared up with the new deal.
Last month, for example, Maple Leaf Foods needed a U.S. technician to fly in and fix some equipment that broke down at their Waterloo plant, but it took over a week to clear the paperwork.
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