May 10, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Lieutenant-General (Retired) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), today announced he will attend events to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of NORAD, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 11 and 12, 2018.
While in Colorado, the Parliamentary Secretary will meet with elected officials, including John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, as well as representatives of academia and the private and public sectors, to discuss the importance of NAFTA as an engine of growth and prosperity for the United States, including Colorado.
“The 60 years of aerospace cooperation within NORAD is yet another example of the close cooperation between Canada and the United States. With 400,000 people and $2.5 billion in goods and services crossing our shared border every day, we have a joint responsibility to protect our region.”– Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations)
- NORAD is responsible for aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America. It is a symbol of the deepest, most integrated military relationship in the world.
- NAFTA is the biggest and most comprehensive economic agreement in the world, with a regional market of 480 million consumers and a combined GDP of $27 trillion.
- As part of the negotiations to modernize NAFTA, ministerial meetings are continuing in Washington, D.C. The Government of Canada’s objective in these negotiations is to reach a fair agreement that benefits all three partners. Canada continues to play a proactive role in talks and has put forward proposals to help bridge gaps in several areas.