Canadian border wall?: Scott Walker Border

Published: August 31, 2015

Canadian border wall?: Scott Walker Border, The Canadian border got dragged into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign on Sunday, with a prominent candidate appearing to entertain the notion of building a giant wall between the two countries.

The idea was raised in a talk-show interview with Republican contender Scott Walker, who after being pressed twice by the interviewer appeared to agree it was worth considering.

“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law-enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town-hall meetings about a week and a half ago,” the Wisconsin governor said during an interview with NBC’s Meet The Press.

“So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

Walker didn’t dwell on the issue. He quickly steered the conversation to the Middle East, rebuilding the military, and national security. The exchange about Canada never even made it to air, and was edited out of the interview highlights that ran on Meet The Press and was simply posted on NBC’s website.

The context for the conversation is the heated U.S. debate about the Mexican border. Occasionally, the debate will fleetingly touch upon the northern frontier.

On those rare occasions that the Canadian border does come up it’s likelier to be raised, as was the case Sunday, by political commentators than by the presidential candidates themselves.

The Blue Water Bridge joins Port Huron, Mich., and Point Edward, Ont. – just one of dozens of crossings along the 8,800-kilometre Canada-U.S. border. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

That’s because the Canadian border makes a handy polemical tool – a pointy needle for pundits seeking to puncture the conservative logic on the other border.

A textbook example was a piece in Politico magazine last fall headlined, “Fear Canada: The real terrorist threat next door.” Its first 18 paragraphs were about Mexico. Before it even mentioned the word “Canada,” it sought to demolish a Republican talking-point about ISIS terrorists supposedly sneaking across the Rio Grande.


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