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Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, concluded a successful visit to Washington, D.C., where she met with her counterpart and key stakeholders. The Minister’s first international travel in over a year included productive meetings with Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative, as well as with Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Sean Strickland, Executive Director of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU).
Minister Ng and Ambassador Tai discussed shared priorities, including inclusive and worker-focused trade policies, acting on climate change and working toward fairer and more rules-based international trade. Minister Ng also discussed, with the NABTU and CBTU leaders, key areas for collaboration to ensure the shared recovery of Canada and the United States creates jobs and protects workers.
In her meetings, Minister Ng championed Canada’s role as a reliable and engaged cross-border partner for the United States across a range of sectors, including energy security and green infrastructure projects. The Minister focused on key priorities to deliver a strong recovery from the COVID-19 recession through trade, including enhancing the deeply integrated Canada-U.S. supply chains that play a vital role in North American competitiveness.
The Minister’s visit was a concrete step toward implementing the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement and delivering on the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership. Minister Ng reiterated Canada’s commitment to support open and resilient supply chains and an economic recovery that advances prosperity for both countries’ communities and citizens.