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August 09, 2011 12:52 ET

Minister Toews Meets With the Canadian Trucking Alliance

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today met with officials from the Canadian Trucking Alliance where he participated in a live broadcast to members, highlighting the Government's continuing actions to ensure a safe, secure and efficient border.

"A healthy and vibrant trucking sector is vital to the Canadian economy and to our continued recovery from the global economic recession, said Minister Toews. "One key to the overall health of Canada's trucking industry is a smart and efficient border. The Government of Canada is working hard to improve conditions on the border for our truckers, and we are achieving results."

During the webcast, Minister Toews highlighted a number of initiatives that the Government has already undertaken to improve the border, including the joint Declaration on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama on February 4th, 2011. Both countries are now in the process of developing an ambitious action plan that will keep our borders open to legitimate traders and travelers, and closed to those who would do us harm.

Minister Toews also addressed the issue of cargo truck thefts and indicated the Government of Canada will work with the Canadian Trucking Alliance to examine whether additional legislation is required to address this growing criminal activity.

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