Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Gina Raimondo, the United States Secretary of Commerce. During their conversation, Minister Ng congratulated Secretary Raimondo on her confirmation as Secretary of Commerce.
Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo agreed to continue the close collaboration between Canada and the United States on the COVID-19 economic recovery, including through support for women entrepreneurs, accelerating the recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises, and ensuring integrated supply chains remain open and resilient. This includes working together on implementing the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, mitigating the economic effects of climate change, and building on opportunities in the critical mineral sector.
Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo reiterated the importance of ongoing work under the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership to revitalize and expand our historic and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship, and ensure a strong, sustainable, and inclusive economic recovery on both sides of the border.
Minister Ng raised Buy America and its potential impacts on American and Canadian businesses and workers. Minister Ng also highlighted that it is in the interest of both countries to reach an agreement on softwood lumber, and raised the importance of the continued, safe operation of Line 5.
Minister Ng and Secretary Raimondo agreed to continue their dialogue, and look forward to meeting in person as soon as COVID-19 safety protocols allow.