(James Fitz-Morris — CBC News)
A Canada-U.S. plan to establish a security perimeter is almost ready to go, but it’s held back by one issue: finding a time to announce it.
Details from the plan are emerging from sources who say Canada may need to budget for a $1-billion price tag for new border facilities and programs to make trade and travel easier.
CBC News has learned that the most contentious issues, such as immigration, refugee standards and the harmonization of some security measures, have been stripped out of the agreement.
The goal was to unveil the Beyond the Borders plan in the summer — but with the leaves changing colour and a chill in the air, there’s still no announcement. Read more here.
Related: Canada, U.S. Reach Agreement on $1B Perimeter Security Pact (Toronto Star)
Date: October 6, 2011