So, Obama wants to charge each Canadian arriving into the US $5.50 when they cross the border in any other way than driving, and people are outraged. I don’t really understand the anger. This fee will not stop weekend shoppers from driving across the border because it doesn’t apply to them. Adding an extra $22 to a plane fare or cruise doesn’t seem too ridiculous. The only thing I’d change is to apply the same fee in Canada to anyone arriving from the USA.
The thing that does worry me about the tariff is that it will be used to continue to pay for the ridiculous security placed on people using airlines that go in and out of the USA. If the money was used to improve transportation, or some other productive use, then I’d be much happier with the collection of the fees.
At the end of the day, both governments will be able to earn a few extra million, holidays between the two countries will go down but the market will adjust, and so this really isn’t news worth worrying about in my opinion.
Want to read more on the subject? Check out Obama proposes fee for Canadian visitors to the U.S.