VIDEO: Secretary Ridge and Former Canadian Deputy PM John Manley Discuss the US-CA Border

February 12, 2009

In an interview with Canada’s CTV network this week, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Ridge Global CEO Tom Ridge joined Canada’s former Deputy Prime Minister John Manley to discuss the recent “northern border strategy” directive, issued by the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Security, Janet Napolitano.

Secretary Napolitano is due to receive a written report on the Northern border next week.

Speaking to the issues of border security and trade, both Manley and Ridge were vocal in underscoring the positive benefits of the US-Canadian relationship, given that approximately $1 million in trade crosses the Northern border each minute.

“I think, in fact, that particularly when we’re going through a period of time of economic challenge, the opportunities that the border affords to both of our economies are quite significant,” Manley said.

Ridge came to Secretary Napolitano’s defense, emphasizing that a border review is not unusual for a new DHS Secretary and that he believes Napolitano will not implement border security measures that would impede the strong trade relationship between the two countries.

Ridge said “the interdependency, the interconnectedness and the ultimate integration of our economies, particularly along the border, is in the long-term best interest, both economic and social, of both countries.”

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