June 25, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Canada-United States relationship supports growth, innovation and well-paying jobs in both countries.
Lieutenant-General (Retired) Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), today announced he will attend a Western Governors’ Association (WGA) meeting in Whitefish, Montana, on June 26, 2017.
Hosted by Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the event will bring together the governors of 19 western states and three U.S.-flag islands (Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands). The WGA encourages bipartisan policy development, information exchange and collective action on issues of critical importance to the western United States.
This year’s meeting will include a panel discussion entitled “Connecting Canada and the West”, which will provide a platform to discuss a number of Canada-United States issues, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, and explore opportunities for collaboration around energy, economic development and the environment. The panel will include David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan.
While in Whitefish, Parliamentary Secretary Leslie will hold bilateral meetings with several governors from the region.
“I am looking forward to discussing shared interests and explore ways to build upon mutual achievements with state leaders. The issues facing our two countries are best addressed by working closely together to expand trade and build strong cross-border relationships.”
– Lieutenant-General (Retired) Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations)
- Canada ranks in the top three export markets for 17 of the 19 WGA member states.
- More than 2.8 million jobs in the United States are supported by trade and investment with Canada in the 19 WGA member states.
- In 2016, total trade between Canada and the 19 WGA member states exceeded $138 billion (USD).
- Exports to Canada from the 19 WGA member states totaled more than $61.8 billion (USD) in 2016.
- Canada and the 19 WGA states traded an average of $340 million (USD) a day in 2016.
- Montana is an important state for Canada, as it shares a border with three provinces—British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan—and contains key rail and transportation routes that facilitate bilateral trade.