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Canadian and U.S. Officials Discuss Efforts to Strengthen Aviation Security in Ottawa

Release Date: 
January 28, 2010

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Ottawa—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and John Baird, Canada’s Transport Minister today met to bolster cooperation and coordination between the United States and Canada on aviation security measures and standards—specifically addressing challenges that have come to light following the attempted bombing on Dec. 25., and ways forward to enhance global aviation security to protect passengers around the world.

“The United States and Canada are committed to working with all international partners to improve information sharing and enhance screening procedures while protecting the privacy of the global traveling public,” said Deputy Secretary Lute.

“Canada is a full partner with the United States in securing aviation in North America,” said Minister Toews. “It is important that we continue to work together to develop and implement effective and complementary measures and standards to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.”

“Our government will continue to work with the United States to develop and implement effective and efficient measures to keep our two countries safe,” said Minister Baird. “We will remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism and unwavering in our determination to safeguard our national transportation system.”

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