Wednesday, April 19, 2006

May I See Your Passport Please

Well that's that. Our tough talking Conservative Government; Harper, McKay and now Day, all told the US where to stick their mandatory passport plan and of course the US listened.
Michael Chertoff, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary, told Stockwell Day, Canada's minister of public safety, that the new regulations will come into effect Jan. 1, 2008. U.S. won't delay introducing new border security measures

Opps, oh well there is still softwood the Conservatives are successful in making their new friends in the White House quiver and shake over that issue too.

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Lord Kitchener's Own said...

In the Tories' defence, I don't see what they were supposed to do here. They were basically going to cabinet secrataries and the President and saying "Excuse me, I realize your Congress has passed a law, but do you think you could ignore it for a couple of years? Or, what about overriding Congress, can you do that?"

A law has been passed in the States. We can complain about it all we like, but we'd better start getting ready for its consequences, because I don't think we're going to get Congress to undue a law they just finished passing just because we don't like it. The White House can't do anything about this, 24 Sussex sure isn't going to change that.

eugene plawiuk said...

You are correct but the problem is that our government has consistantly failed to lobby the Senate and Congress over these issues, confusing the power of the executive branch with the real power, the legislative branch. The Conservatives for all their whining about the Liberals relationship with the Bush administration continued this confusion, and thus are hoisted on their own petard.
The saving grace, no National ID Card, just good old passports.