Atlantic Canada and the Canada – American Border of the Future

Halifax Citadel
Garrison Room, North Magazine
November 22, 2002

Halifax Borderlines is hosted by AIMS
with the support of the McCain Foundation

Canada’s place in North America, and particularly the next steps in the evolution of our relationship with the United States, is perhaps the most pressing public policy issue facing Canada today. Similarly, the burgeoning relationship between Atlantic Canada and the US is going to be a key part of any strategy to help this region escape its traditional underdevelopment.

AIMS was the Atlantic Canadian organizer of a national consultation on these issues. This project, called “Borderlines” is national, non-partisan, and put together by organizations and individuals across the country who share the belief that this issue may be the most important of our time. We, as Canadians, need an opportunity to educate ourselves about what is already happening, what options we may have and then help foster a debate in the country about what we want in our evolving relationship with the US.

AIMS is grateful to the following sponsors of this event

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Event Program

8.00 a.m. Continental breakfast

8.30 a.m. Opening remarks: Brian Lee Crowley, President, AIMS and Alan Broadbent representing the Borderlines group. Outline of programme for the day, etc.

9.00 a.m. Panel One: The Border and its impact on the Atlantic Economy

Chair: Debbie Windsor, ACOA


David Cook, trade expert, UPEI – click here to read his notes (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Hon. John Crosbie, former federal trade minister – click here to read his notes (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Jonathan Daniels, Head, Economic Development, Bangor, Maine – click here to read his notes (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

10.30 a.m. Break

11.00 a.m. Panel Two: Energy, Transport and Security

Chair: Janice Gross Stein, Munk Centre, U of T


Scott Roberts, CN – click here to read his notes (Power Point Presentation)

Denis Stairs, security and defence expert, Dalhousie – click here to read his notes (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Gordon Weil, international electricity policy consultant/market analyst – click here to read his notes (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

12.30 p.m. Lunch

Guest speaker: Michael MacDonald  – click here to read his notes (Power Point Presentation)
Atlantica: The regional dimension of deepening the Canada/US relationship

To see a visual representation of some of the factors at play in Atlantica




Economic Distress

2.00 p.m. Panel Three: The Border and its impact on Atlantic Canadian Society

Chair: Jim Meek , journalist/writer


Jacke Thayer Scott , former President, UCCB – Read her notes

Reg Stuart, Historian, Canada-US relations, MSVU – Read his notes

Tim Woodcock, East-West Highway Assoc., Maine – Read his notes

3.30 p.m. Break

4.00 p.m. Breakout sessions:

What should be Canada’s objectives in the future of the Canada/US relationship?
How should those objectives be pursued?
Who should be responsible?
How should progress be measured?

Two groups, one moderated by Mary Rowe, the other by Michael MacDonald

5.00 p.m. Plenary report and synthesis

5.30 p.m. Summary and adjournment

View selected photographs from this event