chapter  12
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Saying ‘NO’ to North America: Canadian and Mexican Perspectives

Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the US began talking about security perimeters, NAFTA+, and the European Union of North America. In early October of 2001, Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, the then Mexican National Security Advisor, said that Mexico was working toward ‘interdependent security with its NAFTA partners, including more co-ordinated customs procedures and increased intelligence gathering and sharing’. And in early November of 2001, US Ambassador to Mexico Jeffery Davidow told the Mexican press that high-level bi-national meetings scheduled for mid-November between Mexican National Security Adviser Aguilar and US homeland security czar Tom Ridge would focus on ways to create a regional ‘security bubble’ and the possible ‘harmonization’ of customs procedures.