US, Canada Team Work to Revamp Border Crossing

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The United States and Canada are working together to improve the flow of traffic across their shared border.

Last year, more than 100 million people crossed America's border with Canada, a process that is often slow and frustrating for travelers and businesses.

President Barack Obama explained Wednesday that streamlining screening procedures for travelers and regulations for cargo is an important move for the U.S. economy since Canadians spend more money in the U.S. than any other people.    

"We're going to improve our infrastructure; we're going to introduce new technologies; we're going to improve cargo security and screening, all designed to make it easier for our companies to do business and create jobs," the president said.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed.

"Just as threats should be stopped at the perimeter, trusted travelers should cross the border more quickly," Harper said. "Indeed, these priorities are complimentary."

"The key that locks the door against terrorists also opens a wider gate to cross border trade and travel," he added.

The leaders also discussed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that would pipe oil from Canada through the U.S. But there were no indications any progress had been made.

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