Wisconsin governor: Building wall along Canadian border a legitimate issue

WASHINGTON — A prominent U.S. presidential candidate appeared to entertain the idea of building a border wall with Canada when pressed Sunday in an interview about national security.

The issue was raised with Republican contender Scott Walker in a talk-show interview. He didn’t bring it up himself, but didn’t shoot it down when asked.

“Some people have asked us about that (idea) 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.”

  • tom_billesley

    There’d probably be more support in Wisconsin for walling off Minnesota.

    • BillyHW

      Sure, now that they’ve infested the place with Somalis.

    • V10_Rob

      I’m scratching my head as to where this issue even comes from. Defending the Canada-US border is the stuff of satire.

      I know there’s been grumblings in Windsor that they should drop the bridge and plug the tunnel, severing links to Detroit because it’s, well, Detroit. But where’s the mass human threat (security, economic, whatever) on their northern border that would make this an issue Americans care about?

      Is this one of those extremely local issues, that barely makes the State-level news, let alone the nation-level?

      • V10_Rob

        Ah, found it. Classic from the Onion…

        • Millie_Woods

          Beauty eh?

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  • Dana Garcia

    Somebody told Walker to say something about borders so he said something dumb, sounds like.

    • Brett_McS

      Since most questions from the media directed to conservatives are ‘gotcha questions’ it’s probably a good policy not to answer them.

    • BillyHW

      The GOP establishment will build a wall on the northern border before they ever build one on the southern border.

    • BeukendaalMason

      Actually it appears that he was asked about if there should be a wall built along the US-Canada border like the proposed Mexico one and if there is a possible security concern with the border. It appears Scott Walker might have been more answering the security concern rather than the wall… but people will read into what they want.

      • lolwut?

        The security concerns should be around the reserves that straddle the border.

        Guns, drugs, smokes, booze, people. you name it, the Mohawks will smuggle it.

        • FactsWillOut

          And the problem with that is…?

          • lolwut?

            Well, let’s see. the guns are being smuggled into the hands of criminals…..

            drugs.. well that just goes without saying….

            the people are illegals who are bypassing other channels that may get them caught, illegals who avoid immigration Canada tend to have
            have serious reasons behind that and it’s likely criminal,

            Smokes, no big deal I’m smoking some now, $3 a pack.
            Booze, same thing. no biggy

          • k1962

            Yep. I have relatives on Harson’s Island in Michigan and they said that the coast guard often flies over the Walpole Island Reserve. They people smuggle and smuggle drugs over to the States too. It was very close to their cottage. Good luck with patrolling that area.

          • FactsWillOut

            Guns, anyone should be able to buy a gun at the hardware store. The right to bear arms is a God-given right.
            Drugs…well, they wouldn’t be so lucrative if there were a free market and no artificially induced scarcity or artificially inflated prices.
            People, I’m with you on that one.
            Smokes and Booze, see Drugs.

          • Clausewitz

            I always thought that the department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms were the people responsible for the best parties.

          • Clausewitz

            Most guns for gang bangers in Toronto come from the Indian pipeline. And by that I mean casino Indians, not tech support Indians.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Walker has just said his last dopey thing.
    Can we write him off now?
    NOT Presidential material.

    • ntt1

      surprisingly disappointing , he seemed to have more gumption than what little he has displayed so far.

    • Maggat

      Disappointing to say the least. his drubbing of the unions showed he may have had promise, to bad.

  • canminuteman

    If they want to waste resources on something like that, go ahead. The wall will be useful when they become a failed state and we need to keep them out of Canada.

    • BillyHW

      It’ll help us keep out all the blacks and mexicans and hollywood stars.

    • Clausewitz

      Yeah my thoughts were that the fence would come in handy for us after the US runs out of fresh drinking water.

  • Surele Surele

    as long as the Southern borders are open, it balances itself, no?

  • Tokenn

    There are places in S. Quebec…just as in S. Alberta, where it’s not at all hard to sneak across the US border, assuming you know the hiking trails and back roads. However I don’t think it’s the same kind of concern the Mexican border is. In any case, as long as Muslim immigration is more or less unrestricted, I don’t see what use physically sealing off either border is.

    • Frances

      There are also places where the border runs through towns, a result of just drawing straight lines on maps without considering the topography or the history. Would be interesting to see the design for the wall in those areas.

      • ntt1

        the ecofreaks would insist on wattle and daub and it would have to be inclusive..

        • Frances

          And how would it go through the various Indian reseraves?

          • ntt1

            very carefully…

          • Canadian


          • Clausewitz

            Well armed.

    • lolwut?

      Not just Quebec and Alberta, the entire border is like that.
      There are places where you go to a booth, pick up a phone, tell them who you are, have your photo taken and continue on. Even if they wanted to stop you the nearest police station is an hour away.

      In BC you can cross the border in a boat with no problems at all
      same with Americans heading to Alaska, you are just expected to check
      in at certain places if you intend to make any stops along the way.
      if it’s non-stop trip to Alaska from the lower states then you don’t have to check in at all.

  • Brett_McS

    Why not? Canada will need to stop those Mexicans, once they get acclimatised.

  • sterling bell

    I had great hopes for Walker, but thus far he seems like kind of a likeable, goofy guy just wondering through the campaign. As for the wall, yeah, he’s just trying to avoid criticisms re the southern wall, but it might not be a bad idea. I respect the US for many things, but there’s a whole lot now that I would like to avoid.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Behold the Trump Effect. His Republican rivals are trying to sound relevant and they have serious problems pulling it off.

  • Shebel

    What is the point of building a wall to keep people Out if you have NO plan as to what to do with the people that go over ,under or through this wall ?

    Anybody can build a Wall. — The Russians ,Chinese and Romans built walls and they also knew how to make them effective against invaders.

    • ntt1

      the romans had the measure of the scots barbarian and only built a wall about 4 feet high, not much chance of scotty inventing a ladder and besides there were no trees.

      • Shebel

        haha—You are kidding -Right ?
        If correct then they must have kept a lot of soldiers there to KILL anyone that tried to Hop over the wall.

        You can build a wall 20 ft high or 1 inch high—-makes no difference if you don’t defend it. May as well just draw a Line –

        • ntt1

          of course i’m kidding, but it’s worth it to use that line on a professional Scot and watch his blood pressure top out.. Me? I’m a highly suspect alumni of Elizabethtown, extremely low land Scots ,damn near intertidal, generation after generation, of smuggler and revenue agent turn and turn about.

        • Clausewitz

          Hadrians Wall is actually quite unimpressive.

          • David Murrell

            There was an action movie, set in Roman times, depicting Hadrian’s wall using GCI, and actually in the movie the wall was impressive.

          • Clausewitz

            Because there’s one thing we all know about Hollywood movies is that they’re always 100% historically correct.

          • Frances

            That’s because the locals decided it made a very nice quarry and carted most of it off to build pele towers, houses, etc.

  • Millie_Woods

    He missed a good opportunity to not look stupid.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Understatement of the day!

  • Reader

    Darned! They discovered our plot to burn down Washington D.C. again.

    We missed doing it last year for the hundredth anniversary of that day: August 24, 1814.

  • El Martyachi

    As long as Toronto goes on the US side, I’m all for it.

  • Minicapt

    Provided the first stretch of wall is erected along the Alaska-Yukon border to test the concept.


    • ntt1

      start in Hyder and it won’t progress much.That town seems to suck out the industrious nature of those freshly Hyderized.

  • Petey the First

    Darn northern white backs. That’ll keep them out.

    • ntt1

      Give Canadians a fair deal on dairy and cheese and the problem disappears its not like we are after the beer. build a wall if you must but use old decommissioned hamms and pabst beer kegs and that will put the wind up the most determined snow n***er or is it mexicans with sweaters?

  • FactsWillOut

    Canada out of NPT!

  • Why? I would never crawl under a fence to mow lawns for a cheap wage.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I’ll admit, the idea doesn’t exactly make sense now… but just wait until Justin Trudeau (or somebody like him) tries to replicate the Venezuelan economic model.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    The wall that Canada needs from the world , is a wall love and friendship.

  • MRHapla

    I expected more from Walker. This should have been, No wal, or added security on the northern border is necessary, as Canada does its job well.

    Remember, Canada/US are long time allies.

    PS: A wall is nonsense. It is the right sentiment , wrong concept. I’d use active Infantry to patrol the threatened southern border, One BP Agent per platoon, doing patrol sweeps, just like in the sandboxes. Right part of it off as training.

    Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. -Patton

  • cmh

    he is right