“They’re adopting a 19th century concept to the 21st century,” said Douglas, citing increased international trade in Europe and Asia. “The border is an inconvenience we have to deal with.”
While the newly elected Congress appears to be pro-Canada in Douglas’ eyes, he’s concerned those same officials will act to cut off trade between the two nations. He doesn’t see that being an issue among members of Canada’s Parliament.
“Canada gets it more than Washington because if you’re Canadian, you probably live near the border,” he said.
The $1.53 economic impact on Clinton County in northern New York — in which Plattsburgh rests — isn’t the only concern of restricting Canadians’ access to America, Douglas said. From the Two Nations Tours taking visitors to sites in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Manitoba, to the “Two Nation Destination” dual marketing effort between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, officials on both sides of the border see the need for improved access between the two nations.
“Washington loves walls these days,” Douglas said. “The border affects our competitiveness.”