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Nexus trusted-traveller program coming back, as ‘Three Amigos’ meetings wrap

Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden tied up a pair of bilateral loose ends Tuesday: one for Canadians who frequently cross the Canada-U.S. border, the other for a certain U.S. president who has yet to do so.

The Nexus trusted-traveller program, on ice in Canada for nearly a year due to an outstanding dispute over U.S. border agents on foreign soil, is ramping back up, albeit in an altered and somewhat less convenient form.

The new program, jointly run by the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will be up and running by the spring, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a joint statement.

That option “will include CBSA interviews at reopened enrolment centres in Canada and separate CBP interviews in Canadian airport preclearance locations for departing applicants,” the statement said.

Mendicino later said that the changes, which also include a faster renewals process and expanded Nexus staffing levels on the U.S. side, would increase the system’s ability to process Nexus applications by 50 per cent.

“The demand is there because people see this as a way to accelerate their travel in a flexible, seamless and efficient way,” he said. “That’s precisely what the vision of this program is, so this is truly a win-win.”

The system is currently dealing with a backlog of between 220,000 and 240,000 applications, he added.

Scotty Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, said the new arrangement echoes a proposal her group floated in November aimed at getting around intractable questions about Canadian sovereignty.

“The breakthrough will allow the resumption and enhancement of one of the most successful trusted-traveller programs in the world,” Greenwood said in a statement.

“The new agreement reaffirms that Canada and the U.S. are well suited to confront

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Prime Minister Trudeau, family headed to Jamaica for weeklong holiday vacation | iNFOnews

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined on stage by wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, left, and children Ella-Grace and Xavier, right, following his victory speech at Party campaign headquarters in Montreal, early Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Trudeau is heading to Jamaica after Christmas for a one-week vacation with his immediate family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

December 23, 2022 – 1:00 AM

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Jamaica after Christmas for a one-week vacation with his immediate family.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau will remain in constant contact with Ottawa during the trip and continue to be briefed and updated on issues.

The PMO also says it checked with the federal ethics commissioner in advance of the travel to make sure it follows guidelines.

Trudeau had been found in violation of conflict-of-interest rules in 2017 after a 2016 vacation he took to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas.

The prime minister must fly on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane for security reasons, even if it’s for personal travel.

The family’s flights to and from Costa Rica over the Christmas holiday in 2019 cost the government about $57,000 and thousands more were spent on flight crews’ stay in San Jose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 23, 2022.

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