Keyes on U.S. Closing Doors

Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2005 12:00 am EST

Former Liberal cabinet minister recently turned Consul-General, Stan Keyes, has joined the growing chorus of criticism over proposed changes that will require Canadians to show their passport to enter the United States, according to the Boston Globe. Mr. Keyes, the consul general to New England whose office is based in Boston, told a business audience last week that trade will suffer if plans go ahead on Jan. 1, 2008, for U.S. border officials to scrutinze passport documents. He said the move would be a deterrent for businesspeople and tourists alike, suggesting, on the other hand, that terrorists will emerge as winners. "Trade will certainly be disrupted," he said. "Billions of dollars could be lost in tourism and trade, so it begs the question, 'Have the terrorists succeeded?'"

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