Minister Day launches the NEXUS program at Edmonton International Airport



    EDMONTON, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, joined by Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc
James Rajotte and Tom Huffaker, United States Consul General, Calgary, today
announced the opening of NEXUS kiosks at Edmonton International Airport. The
NEXUS program is designed to expedite the border clearance process for
low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to announce that Edmonton International
Airport is now accepting NEXUS members," said Minister Day. "This is another
concrete action taken by our government to increase border security while
maintaining the smooth flow of legitimate trade and travel to the United
States."
    "Canada's New Government continues to deliver results for Edmonton and
the surrounding region," said Mr. Rajotte. "By increasing efficiency and
security at the Edmonton airport, our government has provided a boost for the
regional economy."
    "Without the cooperation and collaboration of our Canadian neighbours,
the NEXUS program would not be possible," said Consul General Huffaker. "With
NEXUS, the traveller's experience can be smooth and hassle-free as we continue
to secure our mutual border."
    The NEXUS card is also an accepted alternative document to the passport
under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a U.S. law that will
eventually require all Canadians and Americans who are entering the United
States to have a passport.
    Airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and
Winnipeg already operate kiosks for over 130,000 NEXUS members. Edmonton is
the final airport to receive NEXUS kiosks since the expansion of NEXUS in the
air mode was initiated in February 2007.
    "Edmonton International Airport is one of the fastest-growing major
airports in the world and the NEXUS program adds to our ability to efficiently
ease passengers through the terminal," said Reg Milley, Edmonton Airports
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Edmonton and the North are booming
economically and, with so many business connections between our region and the
United States, NEXUS is going be a real boon for our business travellers."
    In the air mode, NEXUS uses iris recognition technology to identify the
traveller and verify his or her membership in the program. NEXUS members can
also use their cards to enter the United States by land and sea.




For further information:

For further information: please visit the NEXUS Web site at
www.nexus.gc.ca or call 1-866-NEXUS-26; For media information: Mélisa Leclerc,
Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister
of Public Safety, (613) 991-2863; Lisa White, Canada Border Services Agency,
Media Relations, (403) 998-3566


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