Well here’s a new twist on travel to the United States. The Obama government is considering a $5.50 fee every time we cross the border. It wouldn’t apply to ground transportation, but it would apply to air and sea transport. If this manages to become law one can speculate in a cash-strapped country where any tax increases at the domestic level would be frowned upon in a year leading to a presidential election, that we could face a similar tax for ground travel to the US in the not too distant future.
And all of this seems to have caught the Canadian government a little off-guard. A front page Canadian Press article in the Chronicle Herald today suggested news of the proposal caught the Canadian Embassy in Washington by surprise. And perhaps as a way of slapping the wrist of the Homeland Securities Department for the lack of communication with the government, the Prime Minister was quick to respond. He explained that while he was empathic with the US and its $14 trillion dollar national debt “additional taxes” on Canadian travelers wouldn’t accomplish a whole lot.
And while I am not big Stephen Harper fan, he is right on this one.