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Public Safety Canada

January 28, 2010 19:32 ET

Ministers Toews and Baird Focus on Strengthening Aviation Security in Meeting With U.S. Department of Homeland Security

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and John Baird, Canada's Transport Minister, met today with Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, to bolster cooperation and coordination between the United States and Canada on aviation security measures and standards-specifically addressing challenges that have come to light following the attempted bombing on December 25, 2009, and ways forward to enhance global aviation security to protect passengers around the world.

"Canada is a full partner with the United States in securing aviation in North America," said Minister Toews. "It is important that we continue to work together to develop and implement effective and complementary measures and standards to ensure the safety and security of our citizens."

"Our government will continue to work with the United States to develop and implement effective and efficient measures to keep our two countries safe", said Minister Baird.

"We will remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism and unwavering in our determination to safeguard our national transportation system."

"The United States and Canada are committed to working with all international partners to improve information sharing and enhance screening procedures while protecting the privacy of the global traveling public," said Deputy Secretary Lute.

The Government of Canada continues to take additional steps relating to air security in order to mitigate identified threats. The Government has invested in new technologies in the form of full body scanning equipment, and has announced our intention to implement a new security measure, the Passenger Behaviour Observation program, in order to respond to the continued threat of terrorism and modern terrorist methods.

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