Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently said that his Conservative government would go ahead with a Can-American plan on “perimeter security”, which would change the face of Canadian immigration at the border.

Mr. Harper made the announcement despite criticism from Canada’s other major political parties. The Liberal party, though not issuing a full-out rejection of such an agreement, contests that the Conservatives are cutting back room deals with the Americans and may even be negotiating away Canadian immigration sovereignty.

The New Democratic Party has been much more critical of the security talks, arguing that Canada risks surrendering its sovereignty to America, in several areas, such as Canadian immigration.

Prime Minister Harper announced the undertaking of such new Canadian immigration efforts, at the border city of Niagara Falls, in an attempt to convince voters that the Conservatives are better able to handle the Canadian economy and increase trade relations with the U.S. The Conservative leader said that should the New Democrats form a government with the Bloc and the Liberal party, ”the border vision would be dead.”

The Prime Minister announced the plans for a tightening of Canadian immigration’s border security from Washington with Barack Obama in February. Both leaders termed the endeavor a shared vision, though it is not clear how the new agreement will affect Canadian immigration autonomy. The general terms of the new initiative were released in a document Mr. Obama and Mr. Harper made public that day.

The reason for the talks is an attempt to furnish a new policy on securing our shared border. They are designed to provide new tools to protect the two countries from terrorism while easing the flow of traffic across the border for Canadian immigration.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that reforming Canadian immigration border security is “critical” to the Canadian labour market.
“One in five jobs in Canada is linked to trade with the U.S,” said Harper. “The declaration that I issued with President Obama will help strengthen and bolster our trade relationship in order to complete the economic recovery and create jobs.”  The hope is that it will do so without affecting Canada’s control over Canadian immigration at the border.

Stay tuned for more information about how these developments will affect Canadian immigration.


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