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Critics decry ‘secret’ Canada-U.S. border talks

(CTV) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama came up with a new agreement on border security during a meeting in Washington on Friday. The leaders of the two countries signed a deal to co-operate and create a smarter border with better technology and design. However, the failure to give details on what the changes to the border would look like has raised suspicions. Harper and Obama say the new border design will improve economic growth and trade between the two countries, while keeping the border closed to security risks. The plan includes three initiatives; better border security, the creation of a new council to get rid of outdated regulations, and promoting trade and investment. Critics of the Harper government decry the secrecy and lack of specifics made public. Many of the critics are concerned that the deal will hurt national sovereignty and individual privacy.

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Grits demand Harper give details

Liberal Party of Canada
This news release was posted on the Liberal Party of Canada's website Wednesday, which is run by The Federal Liberal Agency of Canada. In the post, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and several other Liberal critics call for Stephen Harper to give details of the border security talks. The Liberals say Canadians have a right to know if their prime minister is signing a deal that will change the way border security works.

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U.S. report warns of lax border security

U.S. Government Accountability Office
This page looks at the highlights of a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the challenges of securing the U.S. - Canada border. The report concluded that only 32 of the nearly 4,000 northern border miles in 2010 maintained an acceptable level of security. The report caused several American senators, including the chair of the senate committee on homeland security, Joseph Lieberman, to call for better co-ordination of border services.

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Border security to be election issue

The Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson, director of communications for the Council of Canadians, puts the border deal in context. In his post he assembles information from different news reports since Stephen Harper's announcement on Friday and uses them to describe what the agreement will mean and how it could affect a federal election. The Council of Canadians is an advocacy and civil rights group in Canada. On its website there is a link to an online petition against the North American perimeter security deal, a place to vote, and various other viewpoints on this issue.

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What Canadians need to enter the U.S.

Canada Border Services Agency
This website outlines the current documents needed for entry into the U.S. by land and water from Canada. The website is maintained by the Canadian Border Services Agency of the Canadian government. The agency is responsible for the integrated border services in Canada and for facilitating the flow of people and goods.

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User’s guide to a new Canada-U.S. new trade deal

Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute
On Feb. 3, a day before President Obama and Prime Minister Harper met, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute released a report by its vice-president, Colin Robertson, titled ‘Now for the Hard Part': A User's Guide to Renewing the Canadian-American Partnership. The report details an action plan to create growth and jobs in a post-NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Canada. The three suggestions in the report seem to coincide with the consensus the two countries' leaders reached in their meeting. It calls for a common security perimeter and a system of regulations between Canada and the U.S.

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