August 31, 2015

Walker: U.S.-Canada border wall a “legitimate” idea

Rebel Staff

The U.S.-Canadian border has, rather unwittingly, been dragged into the Republican presidential primary campaign.

Wisconsin governor and G.O.P. presidential hopeful Scott Walker has called building a wall between the U.S. and Canada a “legitimate issue”.

Pressed twice on the issue by the interviewer, host Chuck Todd, in a talk-show conversation with NBC’s Meet the Press, Walker said Sunday: “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law-enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town-hall meetings about a week and a half ago.”

“So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

Immigration is a hot-button topic in the Republican presidential primary, with Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star, and current Republican presidential frontrunner, having stoked the fire by promising to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

In April, Trump released a six-page paper, entitled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” outlining his proposals for dealing with what he calls an “immigration system [that] puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own.”

“A nation without borders is not a nation,” said Trump. “There must be a wall across the southern border […] Make Mexico pay for the wall.”

Refusing to dwell on the issue, however, Walker quickly shifted the conversation’s focus, choosing instead to highlight his views on how best to combat the threat posed by ISIS.

Elaborating on his foreign policy positions, Walker argued that the U.S. should “lift the restrictions” on arming Sunni and Kurdish fighters.

“It’s not a question of sending more [U.S. troops] in,” said the republican White House contender. “It’s about empowering them to unleash the power of the United States military.”

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows Trump has the support of 23 per cent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 18 per cent. Walker currently sits in fourth place at 8 per cent.

At 8,891km long, including 2,475km shared with Alaska, the Canadian border with the United States is the longest in the world.

Weighing in when asked about Walker’s remarks Sunday, although he said he had not yet heard them himself, defence minister Jason Kenney told an Ottawa news conference that Canada would protect what he termed the largest bilateral trading relationship in economic history.

According to the Canadian Press, Kenney said: “Of course we would vigorously oppose any thickening of the border.”


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commented 2015-10-11 07:47:09 -0400
I used to be a big fan of Mr.Walker BUT after this insanity I am no longer a fan, I mean, sure you “Yanks” feel fine about letting all kinds of Immigrants walk into your country(some terrorists and criminals)from the south and yet you feel the need to put up more barriers between you and your best trading partner and Ally??? Perhaps a good idea for our protection, from them migrating to Canada!
commented 2015-09-02 00:46:28 -0400
Any walls will be used to keep them in… The American People have very difficult times ahead, they will be tested by the Lord.
commented 2015-09-01 16:51:54 -0400
Lisa I’m with you. I pray everyday that our Canada is saved by the re-elected Mr. Harper, the best PM this country has seen in a very long time. Heaven please help us if this does not happen.
commented 2015-09-01 15:12:46 -0400
Yes Marty, that is why we need PM Harper to be re elected, with a majority. He is our only chance at fighting back against the leftist bureaucracy in our country.
Can you imagine any of the leaders of the left, dealing competently with the U.S. when a republican gets into the White House and starts making all of Obama’s nonsense right again? I am counting on Harper to really make it count this third term. And I pray for a majority.
commented 2015-09-01 14:42:36 -0400
Well said Lisa. All the more reason why we need our PM Mr. Harper to be re-elected.
commented 2015-09-01 11:15:53 -0400
If the U.S. is more careful about who they let into their country, how they track work visa’s, tighten all their border control and build the wall on the SOUTHERN border with Mexico, and WE are more careful about who we let into (and out of) our country and make sure we follow up on expired work visa’s over here, there would be little need for a wall between us and the U.S.

They know we are too easy,that we are very lax about who we allow here, that we have a supreme court system which seems able to overturn our lawmakers, and effectively rewrite the laws themselves. They know we can’t be trusted to keep our terrorists in jail and off the streets. They know we don’t effectively apply the law, here. They know bad people get to the U.S. through the Canadian border, because we have allowed them here in the first place.

Any country, which allows sanction cities, courts to rewrite the laws, and don’t apply the laws , such as following up on expired work visa’s and removing people who show up illegally, needs to become more effective, or risk having to pay more for SOME kind of plumped up border control.
commented 2015-09-01 10:30:23 -0400
So will pay for it?
commented 2015-08-31 20:08:14 -0400
Kenny said we have to protect the trading relationship we have with the U.S.
And we are holding our breath until Obama is the heck outta there, so we can resume one. It is our biggest and most important one.

Thanks to the Canadian economy being sabotaged and effectively shut down, by Obama and other foreign entities, with agenda which hasn’t anything to do with cooperative trade, Harper, has had to try to drum up other markets to keep this country afloat. I think he has done remarkably well in a very hostile climate. I’d like to see nocare or trudy do better.
commented 2015-08-31 20:03:55 -0400
If we want “to oppose any thickening of the border”, we had better stop making it so easy for questionable Islamists to enter into Canada. I don’t blame the Americans for wanting to be cautious, we’re sure not. Do you know how easy it is for the terrorists’ we let into our country, get across into the U.S.? Bad people don’t just abuse the southern border. No offence should be taken by us. We should smarten up.
commented 2015-08-31 19:48:42 -0400
Joan said: “Rule – Yes, I recall that law being passed under George Bush’s government to allow US military and police to cross our border to quash civil unrest.” Indeed. For what that might look like, read the fascinating novel “Separation” by Richard Rohmer.
commented 2015-08-31 19:46:07 -0400
I also think this was a “gotcha” question by their Socialist Media. That said, there are enough nutbars on both sides of the border that would consider it. Our CTV who proclaim it will keep out the damn Yanks, and those in the U.S. who fear what a Socialist win in Canada by either Trudope or Tommie the Commie would do the country. A republican win in 2016 would have Canadians fed up with taxed to death Socialism eyeing south of the border for relief. This actually happened once before, ignored by our media as an anomoly and thusly not reported or recorded during the reign of Trudeau Senior. Those fleeing south were afraid of PET’s Communist musings, associations, and tendencies. A Republican Gov’t in the states contrasted with a Socialist/Communist Gov’t in Canada would probably have many consider starting over in the U.S.! Especially for the younger, well educated professional crowd who could sell their skills in the U.S. to a top end employer! I lost several friends and acquaintances that way during PET’s rule. Only thing that prevented me from following is for the time, I did not have the combined education skill sets to make myself attractive to a U.S. employer.
commented 2015-08-31 19:43:23 -0400
It would stop the flood of Canadian’s who are not flooding across into the US to work as lower paying menial labor… Or something.
commented 2015-08-31 19:41:31 -0400
Reardon is right. Walker has no plan to wall off Canada from the US along the border.

But neither does the GOP have any intention of electing him.

Rule – Yes, I recall that law being passed under George Bush’s government to allow US military and police to cross our border to quash civil unrest.
commented 2015-08-31 19:40:21 -0400
This Guy is just scared the Liberals or NDP could become the the next Government. The Lib’s or NDP’s, in power, would also want to build a wall, to stop real Canadians from getting out.
commented 2015-08-31 16:17:29 -0400
Guy Fraser. NAFTA was never intended to empower either nation but rather destroy them economically. Are we really that much better off after its implementation? Record high unemployment, out of control inflation, most industry has moved to China, we no longer own any of our natural resources (thank you Mr. Harper) foreign corporations do, all regulation of the food industry has been decimated in the name of profits. Oh and here’s the real kicker…did you know that we can “trade” military resources in event of a natural disaster or…wait for it…civil unrest. That’s right, the US military patrolling a neighborhood near you. Thse are just a few examples of what great things NAFTA and all subsequent and related trade deals have done for us. Maybe a wall isn’t such a bad idea. Metaphysically, of course. We need to end the banking and corporate control of our government. They don’t have our best interest at heart.
commented 2015-08-31 16:11:14 -0400
Today Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Calls Canada Border Wall Idea ‘Pretty Dumb’ Huffington Post News…

I agree with Rand
commented 2015-08-31 15:41:02 -0400
41 million cubic meters of concrete cutting off your largest trading partner sounds like a really bad decision and would effectively terminate NAFTA. Do you think he also calculated the costs America will face if Canada tears up NAFTA? We could shut off all Livestock, Lumber, Natural Gas, Oil and other raw material deliveries that allow them to function and divert as much as we want internally or to any other trading partner willing to pay us what we determine is in our best interest.
commented 2015-08-31 15:13:24 -0400
Come on, people! Walker is not proposing to build a wall on the Canada-US border and he hasn’t announced this as part of his platform. He merely responded to a repeated question by a journalist in a way that didn’t completely rule out the possibility. He did say that individuals in law enforcement in New Hampshire had expressed some concerns to him; that’s all. Anybody who takes this as an actual policy of Walker’s is flat-out crazy.

This was a gotcha question by a journalist and Walker probably should have dismissed it out of hand but he gave a very wishy-washy response which could be taken as support – or at least not a complete dismissal – of the idea. Now the journalists are having a field day with it, trying to paint him as some kind of crackpot because everyone on both sides of the border knows that no wall is needed between the US and Canada.

Walker is one of the good guys, an actual conservative, who has done a lot to reign in government excesses in Wisconsin and who survived a recall election by the Left who wanted to punish him for it. He’s one of a small handful of actual conservatives in the Republican primaries and would make a pretty good president compared to most of the other candidates. The US mainstream media loathes conservatives and does everything it can to discredit them. They LOVE this kind of gotcha question and the controversy it stirs. They KNOW that most people will hear this story as “Walker wants to build a wall along the US-Canada border” and are counting on it to confuse voters who are MUCH more concerned about the border with Mexico because they might think he wants to build a US-Canada wall instead of a US-Mexico wall when the priority is clearly in the south. Or they will think he wants to build BOTH walls, which is also ludicrous.
commented 2015-08-31 14:14:52 -0400
Imagine the cost of land purchase for the U.S. government. In more than one area the border goes through buildings. In others it is through water bodies such as the Great Lakes or the Pacific Ocean. Then there are the Rocky Mountains and the Yukon and B.C. border with Alaska. That should be fun. Perhaps a wall to keep Mr. Walker out of Canada would be sufficient.
commented 2015-08-31 13:46:34 -0400
If the US paid for it, I would not care one way or the other, but the wall works the other way too, to keep them out of Canada. And since Canada is a better place to live, then they are only “cutting off their nose to spite their face”.