More progress toward secure, free-flowing border



    TORONTO AND ALBANY, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today
commended New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer for his announcement that New
York will develop an enhanced driver's licence to allow Upstate New Yorkers to
cross the New York-Canada border without a passport.
    Under the US Department of Homeland Security's Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative, travelers entering the US from Canada would be required to carry a
passport as soon as next summer. Earlier this year, the Ontario government
announced that it was creating a high-security driver's licence with the goal
of it also being accepted by the US government for cross-border travel
purposes.
    McGuinty said, "I want to thank Governor Spitzer for taking a leadership
role in developing a high-security driver's licence that can serve as an
alternative to a passport when New Yorkers cross the border. New York is a key
trading partner for Ontario, but we are more than just neighbours - we're good
friends. And together, we can develop new high-security driver's licences that
will be a workable solution for families, businesses and governments, one that
increases security and protects cross-border trade and tourism."
    Spitzer said, "Upstate New Yorkers have had a long and close relationship
with the people of Ontario. My plan to provide an enhanced driver's licence
recognizes the significance of this friendship, and will ensure that
cross-border travel and commerce with Ontario continues to flourish. Premier
McGuinty is working hard to have Ontario's new driver's licence be an
acceptable alternative to a passport, and I look forward to working with him
to advance smart and secure New York-Ontario border policies."

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