Canada's Transport Minister in Washington to advance transport and trade relations

Building on the largest and most important bilateral trading relationship in the world

OTTAWA, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport, was in Washington, DC, today to meet with senior U.S. decision- and policy-makers. She discussed best practices, challenges, and options to manage and improve the integrated transportation system that supports economic growth on both sides of the border.

While meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Minister Raitt underscored the importance of continuing the collaborative approach to managing a safe, secure and efficient border to ensure the smooth flow of people and goods that is so important to the economies of the two countries. Specifically, she emphasized the importance of bilateral cooperation on border infrastructure projects, including the Detroit River International Crossing (New International Trade Crossing), and highlighted the need for ongoing joint efforts in areas including ballast water and rail safety.

While in Washington, the Minister also discussed with the American Association of Port Authorities and the Canadian American Business Council, issues ranging from rail safety and the transportation of oil by rail, to the Detroit River International Crossing (New International Trade Crossing), the most important trade conduit with Canada. She also discussed the actions taken by Canada to ensure the safe navigation of tankers in Canadian waters.

Quick Facts

  • Over 8 million American and over 2 million Canadian jobs depend on trade and investment between our two countries.
  • In 2013, Canada's total merchandise trade with the U.S. was approximately $605 billion.
  • Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the North American economy has more than doubled in size - from U.S. $8 trillion in 1993 to U.S. $19.2 trillion in 2012.
  • The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land border crossing in North America. It handles more than 30 per cent of cross-border surface trade.

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"This visit has provided an excellent opportunity to advance work on common approaches and measures with public and private sector partners. This work will support a safe and effective transportation system that bolsters the economic growth of our two countries. The United States is a strong safety partner and Canadians benefit from our on-going close cooperation."

The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information:

Ashley Kelahear
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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