Minister of Foreign Affairs speaks with United States Secretary of State

News Release

February 3, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke yesterday with Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The Minister congratulated the Secretary on his appointment. He shared his condolences in light of the recent terrorist attack in the city of Québec.

The two underlined the importance of the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship, including mutually beneficial trade and economic ties. Both highlighted the progress of recent pre-clearance measures, as well as the need for a safe and secure border that does not impede the smooth flow of goods and people.

The Minister and Secretary noted the importance of open channels of communication between Canada and the United States, and the two agreed to meet as soon as possible.

Quick facts

  • Canadians and Americans benefit from a trade and investment relationship valued at more than $1.4 trillion.
  • Nearly nine 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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