For quite some time, there has been a Canadian law that can deny entrance to any U.S. citizen who has ever been convicted of a criminal offense. The list of offenses that may result in an individual admittance ban includes: minor offenses (including shoplifting, theft, assault, illegal substance possession; indictable offenses (assault with a deadly weapon,manslaughter, etc.); or DWI.
In the past, it was difficult for Canada’s law enforcement agencies to keep informed on the backgrounds of visitors, but since 9/11 and the Smart Borders initiative, the United States and Canada have been sharing criminal offense databases. See this article in the San Francisco Chronicle for more information http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/23/NEVIUS.TMP
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