Foreign Affairs Minister to attend National Governors Association summer meeting

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July 12, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canadians and Americans benefit from a unique friendship, one strengthened by shared geography, common interests and deep economic ties.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will accompany the Prime Minister to the National Governors Association (NGA) summer meeting on July 14, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island.

The NGA, based in Washington, D.C., provides United States governors with a forum to speak freely and collaborate on national and state policies. The summer meeting, hosted by Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island, will bring together governors from more than 30 states and will also be attended by representatives from other countries.

While at the meeting, the Minister will meet with several governors and speak about the unparalleled economic partnership between Canada and the United States.


“Our countries’ track record is one of economic growth and middle-class job creation. This meeting will provide the government with a valuable opportunity to directly engage with U.S. state governors, advance shared economic priorities and focus on how we can increase the flow of goods and people across our shared border.”

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

Quick Facts

  • The National Governors Association is led by an executive committee of nine governors, currently chaired by Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia.

  • Canada is the number one customer for a majority of U.S. states. Nearly nine million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.

  • The United States is Canada’s most important economic partner and commercial market. Nearly $882-billion worth of goods and services was traded bilaterally in 2016.

  • Canada and the United States share the world’s longest undefended land border, close to 9,000 kilometres (5,500 miles) long.

  • Canada works closely with the United States, both at the state government level and with other U.S. stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth.

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