Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs heads to Iowa to strengthen bilateral relations

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March 13, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada and the United States have the most successful economic relationship in the world, supporting millions of middle-class jobs on both sides of the border. We enjoy one of the closest, most peaceful and mutually beneficial relationships of any two countries in the world.

The Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), today announced that he will join Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, in Des Moines, Iowa, from March 14 to 15, 2017, for a series of events organized to celebrate the Canada-Iowa relationship.

During Parliamentary Secretary Leslie’s visit, he will participate in a round table discussion on trade issues with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, meet with Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, and with Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, and deliver remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives and the Senate.


“Canada and the United States enjoy a strong and mutually beneficial economic relationship. I look forward to meeting with political and business leaders in Iowa to strengthen our trade relations and to discuss new opportunities for collaboration.”

- Hon. Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations)

Quick Facts

  • Nearly 9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada as more than US$2 billion-worth of goods and services cross the Canada-U.S. border every day.

  • Canada is Iowa’s top trading customer. Bilateral trade accounts for US$5.9 billion in 2016.

  • 100,000 jobs in Iowa depend on Canada-U.S. trade and investment.

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