Harper and Obama to discuss border security at Friday meeting

New agreement could transform 49th parallel

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to discuss the Canada-U.S. border. The discussion will focus on increasing intelligence sharing and harmonizing trade regulations. A prospective new border agreement is expected to ease the passage of goods and services between the two countries while tightening security to deter terrorism. Critics of the new agreement say that such measures will infringe upon Canadian sovereignty while making travel for Canadians more difficult. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has accused Harper of hiding the details of his meeting from Canadians and demanded that he “bring this deal back to the House for an open debate before he surrenders Canadian sovereignty.”

The Globe and Mail