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McKenna Continues Campaign Against Passport Plan
Date: Thursday, October 20 2005

Here we see McKenna shilling for a North American ID card (like the current EU card) by using the reverse psychology of criticizing the current initiative of requiring passports for border security as proposed by the U.S. as an inhibitor to Canada, while supporting the use of the more insidious "special version of a document already in use." McKenna’s association with the controversial Carlyle Group, given its connections to the arms industry and the Saudi Bin Laden Group, and McKenna’s public promotion of the arms industry and closer military ties with the United States, all need to be kept in mind here. He is NOT looking out for Canada's best interests.

McKenna Continues Campaign Against Passport Plan
Ambassador warns against creating false sense of security
Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Ambassador Frank McKenna says a U.S. plan to require passports of Canadians who cross the border is unaffordable for many and could create a false sense of security.

Mr. McKenna, who's ratcheting up the pressure on U.S. officials to drop the idea, said Wednesday the issue will figure prominently when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Ottawa next week.

In a roundtable with American journalists, mostly from border states, Mr. McKenna said there are serious questions about whether passports will actually help anti-terrorism efforts.

"And if we don't get this right, it will be a real inhibitor to the free flow of travel," said Mr. McKenna, who predicts it will cost Canada nearly $2 billion, mostly in lost tourism revenue.

Travelling Americans would also need passports and it's unlikely either country could even provide the necessary documents by the deadline on Dec. 31, 2007, he said.

Only about 20 per cent of Americans currently have a passport. About twice as many Canadians have one.

"We would have grave questions as to whether you could or not," said Mr. McKenna, who has been Canada's ambassador to the United States since January.

"We have no evidence yet that either side of the border is prepared for that challenge."

[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on October 20, 2005]

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