Goodale to talk bor­der with U.S. coun­ter­part

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - CANADA -

Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale says he will soon talk face-to-face with his U.S. coun­ter­part about the dif­fi­cul­ties some Cana­di­ans are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at the bor­der.

Goodale said Tues­day he will have a chance in com­ing weeks — no date has been set — to dis­cuss any bor­der “is­sues or ten­sions” with Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John Kelly.

“We’re work­ing on the sched­ul­ing of that,” Goodale said af­ter a cab­i­net meet­ing.

“The at­mos­phere in terms of the pre­lim­i­nary re­la­tion­ship seems to be very, very good.”

The Nexus trusted-trav­eller cards of about 200 Cana­dian per­ma­nent res­i­dents were sud­denly can­celled af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive im­mi­gra­tion or­der ban­ning vis­i­tors from seven largely Mus­lim coun­tries.

There have been sev­eral re­cent re­ports about mi­nori­ties be­ing turned away at the U.S. bor­der. At the same time, Man­i­toba is grap­pling with an in­flux of would-be refugees cross­ing at re­mote bor­der points in bit­terly cold weather.

Ralph Goodale

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