Barry Prentice, the director of the Transport Institute at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (quoted in the linked article) has it right:
"We're having a no-fly list because they have a no-fly list.… They want us to have one and we want to open trade with the U.S., so we're getting one."Prentice said the Canadian government should limit the size of its no-fly list and make sure the number of names doesn't get into the thousands."Let's limit it to the size of a hockey team and let's kept it public," he said. "I just think this is overboard."
It isn't like the U.S. list has ever been abused by the authorities. Heaven forbid!