DEAUVILLE, France - Canada and the United States, who have the world's largest bilateral trade relationship, agreed on Thursday to press ahead with a plan to boost security along their long shared border, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.
Although the two governments say forging a common security perimeter will increase trade flows, critics in Canada say the move means too much sensitive personal information on Canadians could end up in the hands of US law enforcement agencies.
Businesses complain the increased security measures the United States put in place after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 are creating logjams along the 5,525-mile (8,900-km) border. Canada sends around 70 percent of all its exports to the United States.
Harper, who met U.S. President Barack Obama at a summit in France, said the two men were "committed to pursuing a perimeter approach to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods, and services".