John Manley, CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), on the Beyond the Border Declaration: “concern is that…it’s just dropped into obscurity.”
Is Manley right? Well, check out Manley’s interview with Embassy, and then skim over the 2012 Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and Beyond the Border (BTB) implementation reports (along with this May 2013 BTB update) and come to your own conclusions.
Mr. Manley spoke at an Economic Club of Canada event in a downtown Ottawa hotel on the same day his council released an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The letter argues that while the border security and regulatory co-operation work launched about two years ago holds “much promise,” so far “tangible benefits have been few and far between.” Mr. Manley told Embassy one example was the government’s December 2011 promise to establish a system at Canadian ports that would allow US-destined cargo arriving in Canada to be screened to newly developed standards.
“I think that the concern is that this was launched with a lot of excitement from [Mr. Harper and United States President Barack Obama], and it’s just dropped into obscurity,” he said.
“We certainly didn’t want any thought that ‘Well, business doesn’t care about this.’ In fact, it’s very high on the list of things that Canadian businesses care about, partly because that’s our market access point.”