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In a day filled with meetings and events, including both a joint statement and in a joint press conference, months of work done
in advance by both senior Canadian officials and officials from the incoming US Administration was on full display. Despite
attempts by media to expose differences between the two leaders, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President
Donald Trump remained steadfast in their enthusiasm about the bi-lateral relationship between Canada and the United States,
particularly on jobs and the economy, but also through frequent references to the history of the relationship, through shared
sacrifice in war and joint prosperity in peace. Ultimately, today was a good day for both nations. With over half a trillion dollars
in cross border trade annually and millions of jobs in the balance, both leaders and their teams doubled down on areas of joint
interest and shared concern, while adroitly side-stepping policy areas that would threaten the bi-lateral relationship.
Prime Minister Trudeau brought with him several senior Canadian cabinet ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia
Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, Public Safety
Minister Ralph Goodale, as well as MP Andrew Leslie and senior officials Katie Telford and Gerry Butts. The Prime Minister also
met with US Congressional leaders specifically House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Below are highlights from Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump’s joint statement:
Specific mention of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge crossing as a priority as well as “free and fair trade”, business-friendly
regulatory reform, a shared focus on infrastructure investments and for companies in both countries to benefit from
them, hinting at a possible reprieve for both nations from any buy-American/buy-Canadian provisions.
Keystone XL pipeline mentioned as one example of a broadly integrated energy infrastructure and that going forward
Canada and the US have a common goal of creating jobs through energy infrastructure projects while respecting the
Recognizing the success of pre-clearance operations for travelers, Canada and the US are committing to establishing
pre-clearance operations for cargo as well as a commitment to further cooperation to enhance critical infrastructure
security, cyber incident management, public awareness, private sector engagement, and capacity building initiatives
around cyber threats and cyber security.
Broad mentions of joint support for NATO and NORAD, as well as specific mentions of Canada’s replacement of its
fighter aircraft and of a joint commitment to fight Daesh (ISIS/ISIL).
Women in the Workforce
A commitment to removing barriers to women’s participation in the business community, supporting women as they
advance through it and the creation of a Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and
“Conservatives will play a constructive role in helping any kind of renegotiation of NAFTA. These are Canadian jobs that Liberals,
Conservatives are going to fight for”. – Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose
“Today was a homerun for both countries”. – Former US Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins
Trudeau – Trump: Building on an Old Relationship