Good morning, everyone. Before I start in to my remarks, I just want to say what a warm welcome I've received as a Parliamentary Secretary from the folks in the nuclear sector, whether it's them coming to my office or inviting me to a meeting. And I'm so thrilled to see a number of people from my riding here in this room and, indeed, two mayors from my riding as well. So, love to see people from home, and welcome to Ottawa.
Well, thank you, not only for that generous introduction, but for the time we spent when we sat together yesterday - time spent over the last two days learning from the Chiefs, learning from community, learning about inclusion and balance and diversity. And to your National Chief: I know that I didn't write your speech, but I think you wrote mine, and I think that's going to become very clear over the next few minutes.
Thank you and good afternoon everybody. Merci et bon après-midi à tous. It's a pleasure to be here with my colleague, Minister McKenna, for such an important announcement, and I want to thank her for her leadership and hard work.
I'll talk very briefly about some of the things that these meetings actually accomplish. It goes without saying that for Canada, our energy and mining sectors need these kinds of discussions, where industry and ministers, who often are not experts in the sectors that they preside over, have to interface.
Thank you for that kind introduction; and to you, Janet and Iain and the Vancouver Board of Trade for inviting me to speak here today, and in particular for the more intimate roundtable we had moments before.
Thank you for joining us here today and thank you to the Ambassador for being such a gracious host here in Washington. If you'll indulge me folks I'd like to say a few words. This is my fourth official visit to the United States and second one to Washington.