Canadian Press reports:
A proposed border deal between Canada and the United States will mean a tradeoff between sovereignty and security, says a former ambassador to Washington.
Michael Wilson, a retired diplomat and one-time Tory finance minister, told a defence and security conference there must be understanding, trust and confidence for the plan to work.
“This border agreement does raise some very significant issues on sovereignty, on privacy, on the form of collaboration between both sides. Sharing of information is very important to being able to make this agreement work,” Wilson said Thursday.
Wilson, part of the Mulroney government that negotiated the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement, said there must also be “a general acceptance that there’s a tradeoff between privacy and sovereignty on the one hand, and security on the other.”
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