Apparently, U.S. President Barack Obama has a new tax plan and it goes like this: when you know higher taxes won't really fly in your own country, try taxing another one! Word out of Washington is Obama wants to charge Canadians who travel to the U.S. by air or sea a $5.50 inspection fee. It's part of his 2012 budget proposal, which still has to be approved by Congress. That could take a long time and a lot could change.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked about the proposed fee today. Harper said he understands the U.S. is facing big economic challenges, with a deficit of well over a trillion dollars a year. But he said there are better ways for Americans to raise money than to charge Canadians to get into their country. Harper said Canada wants to make trade and travel easier, not more difficult.