Canadian delegation to visit Washington, D.C.

News Release

January 19, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources; and Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that they will be in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017, to attend events at the Embassy of Canada and around Washington to mark the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.

Canada’s relationship with the United States is based on integrated economies, close security cooperation and a commitment to grow the middle class. Globally, it is one of the closest and most positive relationships between any two countries and this is an important occasion on which to build ties and reaffirm these shared interests.


“The United States has no closer friend, partner and ally than Canada, and we look forward to working closely with the new U.S. administration and with the U.S. Congress. Our two countries enjoy a historic, time-tested and close friendship, whether on trade or security cooperation. Our integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for shared prosperity, driving middle class growth on both sides of the border.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canadians and Americans benefit from a trade and investment relationship valued at more than $1.4 trillion.
  • Nearly 9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment from Canada.
  • Canada is the number one customer for 35 U.S. states. No other country buys more goods made in the U.S. than Canada.
  • The U.S. is Canada’s most important security and defence partner. For over 50 years, Canada and the U.S. have worked side by side in NORAD.
  • Canada and the U.S. share the longest secure border in the world. Some 400,000 people and over $2 billion in goods and services cross the border every day.
  • Canada is currently the leading and most secure supplier of energy products to the U.S., including crude oil, refined petroleum, natural gas, electricity and uranium.

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Chantal Gagnon
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Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Jordan Owens
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

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Alexandre Deslongchamps
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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