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November 29, 2005

Passport, Please

A proposal is now made to require passports at the Canadian border. See the story here. My family already takes passports to Canada because my wife is an immigrant, and speaks English with an accent. But I certainly remember going there with no passport. I grew up in the Seattle area, and we went to Canada every so often, and never took passports. Now we do.

The article says Gov. Christine Gregoire is worried that the passport requirement will cut down on tourism. Consider: A passport costs $65 for an adult and $40 for a person under 18, including a $10 execution fee. Add the cost of passport photos, which is another $7.50 or so. Plus, you can't get the passport right away, and if you want it in only a few days you have to pay more. Will all that cut down on trips? Yes, I think it will.

The government wants to do this for our safety. Perhaps it will make us safer; I don't know. I admit to being skeptical. This is the same government that x-rays my shoes at the airport, which I consider idiotic. I also think that even as we add passport requirements within our continent the Europeans have removed passport requirements within theirs. I know I will hear the argument, "Better safe than sorry," but that statement may be thrown at any expression of skepticism, and to accept it is simply to give up thinking.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at November 29, 2005 03:22 PM



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