U.S. eyes charging Canadians a visitors fee

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TORONTO

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials are floating the idea of charging Canadian visitors a fee to visit America.

In its 2014 budget the department asks for a feasibility study on enacting the fee. It would only apply to vehicles and pedestrians entering the U.S. at land crossings.

The money would be used to bolster security spending, but it’s not clear how much would be charged.

Canada’s snowbird association issued a press release Monday slamming the idea.

“While we appreciate the fiscal challenges faced by our friends in the United States we would prefer the U.S. government focus on ways to reduce obstacles at the border that hinder trade and tourism,” association executive director Michael MacKenzie said.

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians take more than 20 million trips to the U.S. each year.

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