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U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Friday that the United States needs Canada's help to thwart terrorism and to secure the vast border between the two countries.

Ashcroft, who met with Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, said it's possible a terrorist could enter the United States from Canada.

Ashcroft said the United States by itself can't secure the border. "We need the assistance of Canada, and we need the assistance of individuals around the world," he said.

McLellan assured Ashcroft that Canada will be on guard to prevent any attacks that terrorists may launch before the Nov. 2 American election.

The two countries have been working on a 30-point border accord drafted in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

As part of the plan, the Canada Border Services Agency is gathering data about air travelers entering Canada and sharing the information with U.S. agencies. There are plans to expand that to entry by ship, ferry and bus.

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