Parliamentary Secretary Sidhu to travel to Chicago

News release

August 23, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Chicago, Illinois, on August 23-24, 2023, to promote Canadian priorities related to economic collaboration and job creation on both sides of the border.

During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Sidhu will attend bilateral meetings with members of the U.S. Congress to establish relationships, and will participate in a business roundtable discussion to obtain insights on Canadian and U.S. companies experiences and challenges doing cross-border business.

In addition, Parliamentary Secretary Sidhu will visit the Canadian Pacific Bensenville Intermodal Terminal to better understand the functioning of this major continental cargo transportation hub. He will also visit the brand-new electric vehicle manufacturing facility of Quebec-based Lion Electric Company, a significant Canadian investor in Illinois.


“Canada’s relationship with our closest ally and friend, the United States, is unique. I am delighted to travel to Chicago, whose economic and supply chain significance is invaluable to both sides of the border. I look forward to exchanging views on how to further advance our close cooperation on a range of shared priorities, including trade, environment, energy and electric vehicle development.”

- Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world.

  • Canada-U.S. trade is built on long-standing binational supply chains, whereby roughly 80% of Canadian goods exports to the U.S. feed American finished goods supply chains.

  • Canada is the United States’ largest customer and buys more goods from the United States than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined. Canada is also the top trading partner for most U.S. states, including Illinois.

  • Annual trade between Canada and Illinois is worth $125 billion.

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