Legislators Urge US Government to Delay Passport Requirement

first_imgRepresentatives of governments in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States are urging the U.S. government to delay the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This initiative will require all air and sea travellers to the U.S. to have passports by Dec. 31, 2006. The same requirement comes into effect for those entering at land border crossings by Dec. 31, 2007. The legislators, who are members of the executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference, are asking that other documentation or passport substitutes be considered. Murray Scott, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and conference co-chair, said all representatives agreed on the issue. “We believe in secure borders, but we believe this measure will have a negative impact and slow down the flow of goods and people.” The Canada-U.S. border relationship is a special one, with more than 300,000 business people, tourists and commuters travelling between the two countries every day. The value of goods crossing the border is more than $1 billion a day. The executive committee will forward its resolution to Prime Minister Paul Martin, as well as to the federal ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Foreign Affairs. It will also be forwarded to the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security. The executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference is comprised of elected and appointed officials from the 10 northeastern states (Maine to Delaware), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. A total of 44 members attended the Oct. 21-23 meeting, including the president of the national Council of State Governments, Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner.last_img read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 44.77 points to 15,663.02, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 15.39 points to 22,365.81. The S&P 500 index was up 3.84 points to 2,513.90 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 21.29 points to 6,474.74.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.02 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 80.32 cents US.The November crude contract was down 12 cents to US$51.44 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was unchanged at US$3.02 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $0.90 to US$1,287.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.96 a pound.

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