Passports Get a Pass

Published: Wednesday, 01/18/2006 12:00 am EST

U.S. Homeland Security announced this week it is going to scrap a controversial passport plan, which many businesses said would rob them of billions of dollars in tourist revenue on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. President George W. Bush was not in favour and will be replaced by some kind of drivers license-type of ID or "PASS" card. Homeland Security's Michael Chertoff said the new plan would be cheaper than a passport and more efficient. But Tony Pollard, president of the Hotel Association of Canada, told The New York Times it sounded as if the PASS cards would help truckers and businesspeople, but not occasional visitors or tourists.

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