Minister O’Regan to hold meetings in Philadelphia on Canada-United States trade relations

News release

April 10, 2018 – Ottawa, Canada – Global Affairs Canada

Canada and the United States share strong ties as old as our countries themselves—from deep family relations to businesses that work back and forth across the border, to the world’s most important trade relationship. The Government of Canada continues to build on this important economic relationship with the United States to create new opportunities for the middle class and businesses on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence will be in Philadelphia on April 11 and 12, 2018. During his visit, the Minister will establish and reinforce relationships with key political and business stakeholders, including the Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs, Deborah Mahler. He will also take part in a NAFTA roundtable with local business executives, and deliver remarks at Temple University Fox School of Business, stressing the importance of Canada-U.S. trade as an engine of growth and prosperity for Pennsylvania, the United States and Canada.

This visit will be an important opportunity to highlight the shared interests between the two countries and build support for a strengthened and modernized NAFTA.

Quotes

“Canada’s relationship with the United States is a model for the world. Trade and investment between our countries strengthens our economies, creates jobs on both sides of the border and fortifies a friendship that has lasted for generations. We want to continue building on this foundation and further enhance our trade and investment ties.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“Canada and the United States have the greatest economic partnership of any two countries in the world. We remain committed to modernizing NAFTA in a way that upholds and defends the best interests of Canadians. We know a fair deal, a win-win-win deal, is within reach. That is what we are working towards. Canada is absolutely committed to this outcome and we are working tirelessly to achieve it.”

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • In 2017, goods trade between Canada and Pennsylvania totaled US $22 billion. 

  • 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 values and interests on a range of international issues, including human rights, democracy, development, defence, nuclear non-proliferation and counterterrorism.

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