May 13, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Tomorrow, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will welcome Graciela Márquez Colín, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, in Toronto, Ontario.
The ministers will discuss the section 232 tariffs imposed by the United States on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and how our two countries can continue to cooperate with one another in response to this unjust and illegal action.
The ministers will also discuss the benefits of the new North American Free Trade Agreement and Canada’s ongoing commitment to help improve labour standards and working conditions in Canada, Mexico and the United States, including through the new NAFTA.
“Canada and Mexico are close partners in trade and commerce, including through NAFTA and the CPTPP. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Secretary Márquez to Toronto to discuss these close ties and to redouble our collective efforts to address the unjust and illegal U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium from our two countries.”
– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canadian merchandise exports to Mexico were valued at $36.8 billion in 2018.
The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, signed on November 30, 2018, outlines an important renewed understanding between Canada, the United States and Mexico on the significance of our mutual trade relationship.
More than 2 million Canadians travelled to Mexico in 2017, and more than 413,000 Mexicans visited Canada in 2018.