NEW YORK — The close ties between Canada and the United States have evolved and strengthened since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as Canadians have heeded the concerns of their American neighbours, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Friday.
“As we all know, even the closest relationships need care, nurturing and constant attention,” MacKay told a conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
“Since 2001, we have been paying particular attention to the concerns, challenges, fears and expectations of our closest friend — the United States,” MacKay said in prepared remarks for his speech.
As Canada and the U.S. have worked side by side around the world post-911 — particularly in Afghanistan and more recently, in Libya — the two countries have been working hard “to strengthen our security partnership here at home,” he said.
Discussions on a border perimeter security agreement are ongoing, he added, and are “very productive.” An announcement on the so-called Beyond the Border initiatives is expected sometime this fall.
“While the decade since 9-11…