For awhile, it looked as if Canada was not going to jump into the security theater business. If they were going to have a "no fly list," it would be carefully and cautiously implemented -- not a bloated grab bag of unlucky, but mostly harmless, individuals like the list the U.S. has compiled.
But apparently the colossus to the south has won the day. Canada will get its own no fly list after Transport Canada publishes final regulations in March.
Canada still promises that people denied the right to fly will have access to an appeal process and that the list will be carefully reviewed every 30 days. But Canadian officials dodge and duck about aspects of their new list. In particular, they won't say whether they'll give the names to U.S. authorities. Canadians remember the Mahar Arar case, in which an innocent Canadian was turned over to U.S. authorities and shipped off to be tortured. They don't want any repeats and don't trust the U.S.
Canadians have seen far too much of the fiasco that is the U.S. no fly list to take this quietly. The Montreal Gazette brushes off government reassurances.
Good luck neighbors!