Canada and the United States are working together to make it easier for people to travel across their common border.
This week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, agreed to a “cross-border plan” to make it easier and quicker for Canadians to travel to the U.S. It will also help companies in both countries to do business together.
Harper has agreed to a “common perimeter”–a type of border all around North America–so more careful checking can be done on who and what comes across the borders from Canada. Canada has also agreed to get more information about people when they come into Canada from other countries and to put in American-style bomb detection machines for checking luggage.
Some people say that the Prime Minister is letting go of some control by agreeing to all the American security rules; they worry that the Americans are getting more out of the plan than the Canadians.
Both leaders have agreed to the plan and will work to make sure it gets implemented. Special projects will test parts of the plan before it is put in place everywhere.