OTTAWA, June 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has made it a top
priority to strengthen and renew our trilateral relationship with our
North American partners, the United States and Mexico, in order to
ensure a clean and prosperous future for all of our people.
Today, Canada is hosting the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa,
in order to take coordinated action that will create sustainable
economic growth, help transition to a low carbon economy, and provide
better opportunities for Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans alike.
During the Summit, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the
President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the President of
Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, will discuss the opportunity for North
America to become the world's most competitive player in the clean
growth economy - and the potential to create the jobs of today and
The three leaders will also talk about ways to advance trade and
competitiveness, because an efficient North American economy is vital
for prosperity and for creating good-paying, middle class jobs.
Above all, today's Summit is an opportunity for three great nations -
who share the same continent and the same values - to stand
side-by-side and deliver real results for North Americans, and the
entire global community.
"Today, the leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico come
together to address shared challenges, knowing cooperation pays off,
and that working in partnership always beats going it alone. The
outcome of today's discussions will improve the lives of Canadians,
Americans, and Mexicans across the continent. We will streamline the
flow of legitimate goods and trusted travelers across our borders,
promote cleaner air and waterways, and work toward a competitive,
low-carbon, and sustainable North American economy that creates good,
middle-class jobs for our citizens."
—Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The North America region has a combined population of almost 530 million
and an economy that represents more than one-quarter of the world's
gross domestic product (GDP).
The three countries are among each other's largest trading partners and
sources of foreign investment. In 2015, North American trilateral
merchandise trade amounted to US$1 trillion, and our combined GDP has
more than doubled over the past two decades, rising from US$8 trillion
(in 1993) to $US20.6 trillion today.
The three leaders will pledge to increase trilateral defence
cooperation, expand their roles in UN peace operations, collaborate
more on global public health needs, and work together to address
climate change. To encourage clean growth, they will commit to drive
down short-lived climate pollutants, and advance clean and secure
energy - with the goal of 50% clean power generation across the
continent by 2025.
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