LETHBRIDGE: Lethbridge East MLA Bridget Pastoor leaves for Washington DC Saturday, to attend a three day conference with the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance.
She went over the main focus of the event, "Some of the things that we're looking at is the security along the border, in terms of making it more efficient and having one booth instead of both for the Americans and Canadians."
Pastoor also addressed the idea of expanding the Nexus card system, which allows frequent travellers across the border to get through security faster, to include major trucking companies. She explained that it would speed up cross border trade, noting that to prevent abuse of the system or smuggling they would simply need stiff penalties in place for drivers and companies caught violating border laws.
While at the meeting Pastoor will also be delivering a speech on the Keystone XL Pipeline, talking about its importance on both sides of the border, "Obama has spoken many times about climate change and alternate creations of energy, and that's fine and dandy for now, but in the meantime this pipeline is going to be very important."
The meeting will include representatives from every province and state along the border, along with those involved in cross border trade and tourism.
The meeting gets underway Sunday and runs until Tuesday.