From Embassy US starting to work collaboratively on the border, instead of alone: Experts by Anca Gurza July 21, 2010
Former diplomat Colin Robertson, now a senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute…”Countries move unilaterally,” he said. “We pass legislation in the interests of Canadians, the Americans pass legislation in the interests of Americans, but it does impinge sometimes on other countries.” It is not surprising Canada is in response mode sometimes, since it is the US that was attacked and it is now taking measures to protect its homeland, Mr. Robertson said. Mr. Robertson said he has also noticed an improvement with the recent announcement of infrastructure information sharing, but said there’s always been an element of collaboration between Canada and the US after 9/11. “Even though the closed things down, there was a recognition certainly in the Bush administration and now in the Obama administration that we have to make sure we balance our security requirement with our largest security requirement, which includes economic prosperity,” he said.