On Friday, February 4, Prime Minister Harper and US President Obama issued a declaration on a shared vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This is important for Sarnia-Lambton considering our location on the border.
The declaration focuses on four areas of co-operation: increasing economic growth and job creation; addressing mutual security threats earlier; easier trade access across our border; and increased critical infrastructure and cyber-security.
In addition a working border group will be established, something that has been called for by many in our community for some time now. I have worked with various local groups who have lobbied Ottawa for increased attention to the issue of border thickening, and the announcement by Prime Minister Harper that a border working group will closely examine these issues is welcomed by the groups in Sarnia I have worked with.
Please contact my office if you have any questions about this vision for Perimeter Security and economic competitiveness.