In a recent story reported by MSN.com, Canada somehow got dragged into the controversial immigrant debate when Republican contender Scott Walker from Wisconsin brought up the idea in an interview during his campaigning for the upcoming presidential election of the United States. Apparently Walker thought raising a giant wall along the northern border was a splendid concept, claiming that people first had approached him with the idea in New Hampshire. The group, which included some folks from law-enforcement, was deeply concerned about the state of border security. Not the southern border, mind you, but the U.S./Canadian one. Walker told NBC’s Meet the Press reporter that it’s a legitimate issue for his party to look into.
The presidential candidate then quickly moved on to discuss the escalating situation in the Middle East, the boosting of military resources and the importance of national security. The Canadian wall didn’t make the cut when the interview was edited but was later posted on NBC’s website. The debate touching the Mexican border is an inflammatory political issue in the race, leaving the Canadian border out of the spotlight most of the time. Most candidates from both sides of the argument tend not to focus too heavily on our neighbors to the north, and the question is only occasionally brought to the table by political commentators.
Politico Magazine recently published an article named, “Fear Canada: The Real Terrorist Threat Next Door”, although as usual it was Mexico that had to bear the brunt of the burden, especially after a Republican stated that ISIL supporters use the Rio Grande to gain access to the States. Walker himself has often jumped on the bandwagon, vowing to fight off any terrorists coming up from the south. This coincides with primary leader, Donald Trump’s stand on deporting more than 11 million illegal immigrants before building the Great Wall of Trump across the border. It was in this context that a reporter posed the question: “Why Mexico and not Canada?”. It’s a valid question. After all, why wouldn’t terrorists choose to enter the U.S. from the north, when the south is under so much scrutiny?
Walker replied that while the south is of greater concern, he certainly wasn’t oblivious to the danger of an unguarded northern border and that if the option presented itself, he would certainly build a 5000 mile-long wall up there too.
This might make Canada a little nervous, as more than one-third of its GDP comes from the relatively open trade with its neighbor. Canada’s defense minister, Jason Kennedy, responded to Walker’s statement by saying Canada would do everything in its power to protect what he called one of the largest bilateral trade relationships in the history of modern economics, and that severe security measures were already under way, to avoid any giant walls along the 49th parallel.
“We will naturally vigorously oppose any tightening of the border,” Kennedy told an interviewer at an Ottawa news conference.
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