Canadians favour integrated border with U.S.: poll
U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper take part in a joint news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, after their meeting at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. (AP / Charles Dharapak)
OTTAWA - A new poll suggests Canadians overwhelmingly favour co-operating with the United States to increase border security while easing obstacles to cross-border trade.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found 75 per cent supported shared intelligence gathering.
Eighty-four per cent of respondents supported harmonizing food safety regulations.
And 70 per cent favoured creation of a bilateral agency to oversee the building of new border infrastructure.
All three elements are part of a sketchy agreement, announced last week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, to secure the border against terrorist or criminal threats and ease obstacles to the free-flow of goods and services.
The telephone survey of just over 1,000 Canadians was conducted Feb. 3 to Feb. 7 and is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.
The poll suggests Canadians -- at first blush, at least -- don't share the concerns of the opposition parties that the border agreement could erode Canada's sovereignty and result in an invasion of Canadians' privacy.