U.S. President Barrack Obama has proposed a new ‘passenger inspection fee’ on Canadian travellers entering the country
The draft budget for 2012 submitted to Congress on Monday, includes a proposed fee for all Canadians travelling to the U.S. by air or sea.
If the proposal is accepted, Canadian travellers arriving by air or sea would be slapped with an additional service charge of $5.50 above and beyond all existing taxes.
Presently, all visitors from Canada, Mexico and a number of Caribbean countries are exempt from this fee and have been since 1997.
The draft budget for 2012, submitted by Obama to Congress Monday morning, includes a proposal to lift these exemptions which would generate an estimated $110 million a year, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The revenue from the proposed charges would support U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s inspection functions which have recently grown more intensive, according to the documents submitted by Homeland Security.
The proposed fee comes just a week after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Obama agreed to a deal that would establish a North American security and trade perimeter.
The fee would not apply to Canadians travelling in private vehicles.
In 2009 alone, 16.3 million Canadians took trans-border flights between Canada and the U.S., according to Statistics Canada.
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This is just another pathetic attempt by a President Barack Obama who is unable to significantly cut spending. As Allahpundit reported earlier this week, even former Obama supporters like Andrew Sullivan are angry at his failure in leadership over this issue. Whatever happened to the promises of the State of the Union address? Instead of fulfilling the promises about being more fiscally responsible, he and the Democrats have instead turned to unrealistic solutions and theatrics, even recruiting PBS characters like Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie to protest spending cuts that wtarget public broadcasters (hat-tip Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog). If you want a better idea of Obama’s proposed budget, Andrew Stiles at National Review Online’s The Corner has more.
It is clear even to many Democrats that this administration is incompetent. The American national debt has exploded since Obama took office and things only seem to be getting worse as this trend of overspending and overtaxing continues. What many Americans don’t know is that Canadians are also suffering because of what’s going on in Washington. As we saw with the restructuring of General Motors which devastated automotive production in Oshawa, as well as dealerships across Ontario, this White House has no problem letting Canadians suffer to consequences of its poor decisions. I could go on and discuss the how potentially devastating such a tax would be on tourism, but that isn’t the purpose of this post.
Barack Obama has decided that Canadians need to help pay for a debt that he has substantially increased since coming to office. This is the act of a desperate man who is unable to summon the courage needed to address the American people and tell them that significant cuts to government spending need to be made. Pathetic…