Parliamentary Secretary Leslie to advocate Canada-United States trade at World Affairs Council of Charlotte in North Carolina

News Release

January 23, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

No two countries in the world have a stronger or more integrated economic relationship than the United States and Canada. The Government of Canada is working closely with the United States to strengthen the countries’ trade relationship and create new opportunities for workers, businesses and middle-class families on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, Lt.-Gen. (ret.) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), will visit Charlotte, North Carolina, from January 24 to 25, 2018, to deliver a speech at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. The Parliamentary Secretary will stress the importance of NAFTA as an engine of growth and prosperity for North Carolina, as well as for the rest of the United States and for Canada.

During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Leslie will meet with representatives Alma Adams and Richard Hudson to highlight the importance of the Canada-North Carolina trade relationship and underscore the extent to which their economic partnership is mutually beneficial. The Parliamentary Secretary will also deliver remarks at the University of North Carolina, where he will engage with students and faculty members on a range of Canada-United States issues. 

Quotes

“Canada’s strong commercial ties to North Carolina are important examples of our deep partnership, one that creates new opportunities for workers, businesses and middle-class families on both sides of the border.”

- Lt.-Gen. (ret.) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations)

Quick Facts

  • Canada is North Carolina’s number one trading partner.

  • North Carolina sells more goods to Canada than to its next two largest foreign markets combined: Mexico and China.

  • Almost 250,000 jobs in North Carolina depend on Canada-United States trade and investment.

  • Canada and the United States share the world’s longest secure border, across which approximately 400,000 people, and goods and services worth $2.4 billion, cross daily.

  • Canada and the United States have one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the United States—larger than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.

  • Canada is the number one export destination for most U.S. states, and cross-border trade and investment support nearly 9 million jobs in the United States.

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