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Public Safety Canada

July 12, 2010 18:14 ET

Media Advisory: Public Safety Minister Toews to Discuss Border and Security Issues During Visit to Washington, D.C.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today highlighted key objectives for his meetings with members of the U.S. Administration and Congress from July 13–15, including a key meeting with his counterpart, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"Our Government continues to work with the Obama Administration to achieve the twin objectives of protecting our citizens from mutual threats and promoting the free-flow of legitimate trade and travel across our shared border. As close friends and neighbours, our security and trade interests are unquestionably linked," said Minister Toews. "When the Obama Administration first took office, our countries agreed to meet twice a year to discuss border and security issues.  This has been a great forum for both our countries. This week's meetings will allow us to renew ties with our friends and allies and advance important security and trade facilitation initiatives."

Last  year, formal border meetings were held in Detroit and Ottawa from May 26 – 27, 2009. Canada and the United States signed the Joint Framework for the Movement of People and Goods During and Following an Emergency and the Shiprider Agreement, which will help both countries work together to combat organized crime in shared waterways.

A second formal bilateral meeting took place in Washington on November 23-24, 2009.  It was announced that Canada-U.S. trusted shipper programs would be aligned and that the NEXUS trusted traveler program cards would be accepted as valid identification in all lanes at all land and sea border ports of entry. A Maritime Annex was also added to the Joint Framework for the Movement of People and Goods During and Following Emergencies.

During his visit to Washington, Minister Toews will meet cabinet secretaries, Congressional members and policy experts. Among the officials he will meet are:

  • Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security;
  • Eric Holder, Attorney General;
  • Senator Joe Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and,
  • John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism.

Minister Toews and Secretary Napolitano will hold a joint media availability following their meeting on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.  Media are invited to attend. 

TIME: 11:30 am EDT

LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, CPB Press Room, Washington D.C., 20004

*Media must arrive through the 14th street entrance and be in place no later than 11 AM.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    Christopher McCluskey
    Office of the Honourable Vic Toews
    Minister of Public Safety