It’s an honour to be here among so many accomplished women policy-makers, researchers and academics. Given the conference’s theme, it’s important for the students here to see women in leadership positions in a variety of fields and sectors.
Since the U.S. Commerce Department began its section 232 investigation, the Government of Canada has engaged with members of the administration, U.S. legislators at the state and federal levels, and U.S. business and labour leaders to defend Canadian industry and fight for Canadian workers. I would like to thank Canada’s many friends in America for their support.
Good day. I’m happy to be in Mexico once again to meet with my counterparts as we continue our work to modernize and improve the North America Free Trade Agreement.
Thank you, Secretary Guajardo, for hosting us so graciously, as you always do.
I would note that since we lifted the visa requirement between Canada and Mexico, tourism has grown significantly. In fact, as of September, there has been a 52 percent increase in visitors from Mexico to Canada, including students and tourists. These are welcome numbers, and demonstrate the strength and importance of the Canada-Mexico relationship, and indeed of the entire North American community.
Colleagues, friends, I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin nation. Welcome to the City of Ottawa and this Design Workshop on the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations.