On 14 May, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and American Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that their countries would begin consultations to facilitate cross-border business interactions.
These consultations will build on the framework outlined in December 2011 by the United States-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan, which was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama. The consultations are being conducted with two goals in mind: to get feedback regarding the Action Plan, and to identify new ways in which cross-border business can be facilitated for short- and mid-term goals.
Consultations will be held in Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Ontario. Comments will be accepted by private businesses and other stakeholders until 15 June 2012. Minister Kenney believes talks will be productive, stating that `Billions of dollars worth of goods and hundreds of thousands of people cross our shared border every day. We want to hear directly brom businesses on both sides of the border about how cross-border business travel could improve. We especially want to hear fresh ideas`.