U.S. rules force Canadian ID cards

April 1, 2006 at 12:27 PM

TORONTO, April 1 (UPI) -- A national-identity card for Canadians is inevitable given tougher U.S. requirements that begin next year, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

Starting in 2007, air and sea travelers coming into the United States must display either a picture identification card or a passport. The same requirement will apply to land travelers entering the United States starting in 2008.

During a Mexico security and trade meeting with U.S. President George Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox, Harper said time is running short to institute a national identity card for Canadians.

"We're obviously concerned that if we don't move quickly and properly on this, that this could have effects on trade and movement of people, conventions, you name it, that is not helpful to our economy or to our relationship," the Toronto Globe and Mail reported of Harper's remarks.

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