Canada, U.S. discussed border security concerns

Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:44pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has been concerned by the "thickening" of the U.S.-Canada border caused by increased security since the September 11 attacks and the impact it has had a trade, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

Harper, speaking after talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Ottawa, said Americans need to understand that Canadians see any threat to the United States to also be a threat to Canada.

"The key is to look at how we can look at security in a way that does not inhibit commerce and social interaction," Harper told reporters.

Canadian businesses have complained that some of the security measures enacted by the United States along the border in recent years have hurt cross-border commerce between the major trading partners.

Obama said the leaders discussed how they might use the countries economic stimulus packages to ease "bottlenecks" on the border.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Allan Dowd)