LINKS April 4, 2011


Border officials violated rules in forwarding photos [CP]

International search is on for missing Canadian couple [Spokesman-Review - WA]

Border guards to scan air, waterways, and shore [CTV]

US and Canadian officials celebrate longer hours at the Wild Horse Port [KFBB- Montana]


Canadians decry Wisconsin anti-union labor law []


War in Libya used to defend need for better fighters [Ottawa Citizen]

Canadians protected amid Qu-ran protests: Cannon [CBC]


First-ever US Arctic investment summit []


Stalking the savvy shopper [The Province - Vancouver]

Bills trying to raise their profile in Toronto [Globe and Mail]


No to a new tar sands pipeline [NY Times]

US media divided on proposed Keystone XL pipeline [Postmedia News]

Exxon test mega-load will roll Monday [Boise Weekly - Idaho]

Big rig opponents: Exxon comments validate fight [The Missoulian - Montana]

Environmentalists sue over mega-loads [The Independent Record - Helena, Montana]

Lawsuit tries to stop oil sands equipment from moving through Montana [Calgary Herald]

Liberal energy plan smacks of Trudeau: economist [Calgary Sun]

Leach: Liberals’ significant climate plan cloaked in silence [Globe and Mail]

Politicians need to see this: oil sands workers [Edmonton Journal]


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LINKS April 1, 2011

Updated 8:25 pm EST


International weapons smuggling ring was based in Alberta: police [CP]

Canadian closes 3 border crossings [UPI]

Miller seeks 100 percent secure borders by 2016 [Detroit News]

Secure border act would tell DHS to prevent all illegal entries within 5 years []

Canadian man arrested in Maine after bogus detonator threat made on bus [AP]

US Border patrol report [The Northern Light - WA]

Israeli traveler humiliated in Germany, Canada []


High on the job: Ambassador Doer thrives on the adrenaline rush [Winnipeg Free Press]

Practical politics at work [Winnipeg Free Press]


Harper talks trade, but is this just an outreach exercise? [Globe and Mail]


Court documents link second polygamous leaders to cross-border marriages [CP]


No Canadian boots on the ground in Libya, Harper vows [Postmedia News]

Gates says other nations can arm Libyan rebels [NY Times]

NATO warns rebels against attacking civilians [NY Times]

Lawmakers batter Gates on Libya [Washington Post]


Enormous Kearl-bound oil sands shipments target of Montana lawsuit [CP]

100 US landowners tell Clinton Keystone XL pipeline too risky []

Former State Dept. envoy backs Keystone pipeline [Reuters]

Republicans make ‘urgent case’ for TransCanada’s Keystone [Globe and Mail]

Republicans press Obama to approve oil sands pipeline [Postmedia News]

Republicans make ‘urgent case’ for Canadian oil [CP]

Pembina: tough but fair regulations would drive oil sands regulation [Petroleum Economist]

Indigenous activists fight building massive pipelines from tar sands through US []

Enbridge pushes for political support of oil sands pipeline [Globe and Mail]

Alberta oil sands ‘greening’ good news for Ontario [Edmonton Journal]

Layton would slash oilsands subsidies [CBC]

Okla Commissioners to discuss Cushing oil suppply [COKO TV - Oklahoma City]

The Koch brothers come to Canada to promote their oil sands interests []


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New bridge would bring $1.8 billion to Detroit-Windsor: Beatty

March 25, 2011
By Luiza Ch. Savage

Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will give this speech today to the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, promoting the proposed International Trade Crossing.

More coverage here.

(Per prepared remarks:)

The Ambassador Bridge, all by itself, is the largest bi-national trade
corridor on earth. This 82-year-old bridge links highly integrated
sectors like the automotive industry.  But these same supply lines are
extremely vulnerable to delays, especially at the border.  These delays
add costs that decrease productivity and kill jobs.
If Michigan’s economy is going to grow – it will be thanks to trade.  If
our border infrastructure remains deficient, trade will suffer and the
first place to feel those effects will be right here.

Detroit-Windsor traffic is already recovering from the recession and
traffic volumes are expected to increase in the years to come. We need -
Michigan needs – a new bridge to accommodate increasing demand.

It’s estimated that a New International Trade Crossing will bring $1.8
billion worth of investment to the Detroit-Windsor area and create
40,000 jobs.

This is also a matter of national security.  A successful attack on that
single bridge, with that crucial waterway beneath it, would be an
economic catastrophe for both countries.

In Canada we recognize the need to put our money where our mouths are.
That’s why our government has offered $550 million to cover Michigan’s
portion of the costs of a new bridge. We recognize that it is vital to
invest in our future.

Michigan industry does, too. A long list of companies – including
Chrysler, Ford, Campbell’s Soup and Delta Airlines have called for a new
crossing. They can see the opportunities.

So does your own government. Four former Michigan governors support the
construction of a second bridge.  In Washington, the federal government
too is offering support by agreeing to count the Canadian $550 million
as a match for US federal funds for infrastructure investments in

Michigan faces choices, and I am here today to ask you to make the right
one. Building the New International Trade Crossing will bring
significant gains to Detroit, to Michigan and to both of our countries.


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