President of the Treasury Board Brison and Parliamentary Secretary Leslie to promote Canada-U.S. trade at National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C.
February 22, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Canada and the U.S. share one of the most mutually beneficial economic relationships in the world. Canada is the number one market for most U.S. states and is among the top three customers for the majority of states. Canada buys more American goods than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening this important relationship and to creating new opportunities for workers and businesses on both sides of the border.
As part of these efforts, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, and the Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Washington, D.C., on February 23 and 24, 2018, to attend the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.
The meeting presents a great opportunity to meet and engage governors on the Canada-U.S. trade relationship, and to underscore the importance of Canadian trade to their states. It is also an opportunity to discuss the benefits of further regulatory cooperation between the two nations.
The NGA is a bipartisan organization of governors of the 55 American states, territories and commonwealths. The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the NGA’s summer meeting in July 2017.
“Millions of middle-class jobs on both sides of the border depend on trade between our two countries. That’s why Canada and the United States are committed to regulatory cooperation. We want to make it even easier for businesses large and small to trade goods across our border. By continuing to work together, both of our countries will continue to prosper.”
- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
“For 24 years, NAFTA has created opportunities for millions of Canadians and Americans. We remain committed to ensuring that this trading relationship continues to create middle-class jobs on both sides of the border. I look forward to underscoring this point with governors from across the United States in Washington later this week. ”
- Lt.-Gen. (ret.) The Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canada and the United States share the world’s longest secure border, over which approximately 400,000 people, and goods and services worth $2.4 billion, cross daily.
Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the United States with US$267 billion worth of goods and services exported to Canada in 2016—larger than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined.
Cross-border trade and investment between Canada and the United States supports nearly 9 million jobs in the United States.
The Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council brings together regulators from both Canadian and U.S. departments with health, safety and environmental protection mandates to reduce unnecessary differences between their regulatory frameworks.
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