The discussions between Canadian and U.S. officials have focused on striking a sweeping deal that would see the two countries adopt a binational approach to security, including the possibility of jointly operated border facilities and an integrated entry-exit system to travellers to each country.
Countries would develop programs to better verify the identities of travellers, including through common standards for the use of biometrics and shared information on travellers in real time, according to the early draft of the border declaration.
The plan envisions far greater cooperation between Canadian and American officials in screening cargo before it leaves for North America from foreign ports.
Moreover, the Harper government and Obama administration plan far greater information sharing among each nation's respective law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identify potential terrorists and criminals in the U.S. and Canada -or before they arrive in either country from overseas.
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