NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY, August 7, 2017– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, has traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the National Conference of State Legislators from August 6-9 as a representative of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group.
MP Serré views attending the National Conference of State Legislators as an important opportunity to meet with US state lawmakers and reinforce the critical importance of the Canada-United States trade relationship, discuss new and existing opportunities to grow trade between Northern Ontario and American states & territories, and defend Northern Ontario’s shared economic interests with the US from protectionist economic policy.
“I look forward to meeting with state legislators from across the US and to highlight & reinforce the close relationship that Canada shares with the United States. Our countries share a $1.4 trillion trade and investment relationship, and trade between Canada and the US generated US $635 billion of economic activity between our borders in 2016 alone. Put another way, that’s $1.7 billion worth of goods and services crossing our borders every day that provide millions of good-paying jobs to both Canadians and Americans, so it is critical for Canada and the US to maintain free and open trade to ensure that both our economies keep growing,” Serré began.
Canada is the single largest export market and number one customer for the United States. Last year alone, the US exported over $320 billion in goods and services to Canada, and Canada is the top market for 32 of 50 states in the US, and a top three customer for most of the rest of the states.
“When you consider how closely tied Canada and the United States’ economies are, there’s no question that maintaining strong economic ties is vital to our mutual success. One of my biggest priorities while I am in Boston is to clearly emphasize that new protectionist policies will harm the great economic partnership our two countries have developed over decades of mutually-beneficial free trade, and needlessly jeopardize millions of jobs across both borders,” Serré elaborated.
“While advocating for Canada and Northern Ontario’s economic interests is my number one priority, I am also looking forward to discussing Canada and the United States’ relationship as it relates to security at the Canada-US border, domestic and international defence cooperation, energy security and independence, protecting the environment, and addressing climate change, just to name a few,” Serré concluded.
“Canada and the United States share one of the most unique and prosperous relationships in the world. It is more critical than ever that we highlight the importance of this relationship and work to strengthen it. We are pleased that MP Serré is going to Boston to advocate against protectionism and for stronger economic ties. Maintaining our relationship with the US will help ensure our continued prosperity and add to the millions of jobs Canada-US trade has already created” said Debbi Nicholson, President and CEO, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to discussing economic matters with state legislators, MP Serré and Canadian delegates of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group will have opportunities to attend Standing Committee meetings and attend featured speaker sessions on a wide range of legislative and public policy topics.
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt