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
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.
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.
"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
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Remarks by Minister Raitt - American Association of Port Authorities
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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