Ontario Chamber of Commerce Sends Message to Canadian Government on Eve of President-Elect Trump Inauguration

Canada-U.S. relationship is essential to our shared economic prosperity

TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President and CEO, Allan O'Dette, sent a letter to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs. In their message on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, the OCC brings attention to the vital importance of growing our relationship with our southern neighbor.

In recent decades, Canada and the United States have benefitted from strong cooperation on a wide range of issues including border management, trade, security, and regulatory harmonization. While full agreement has not always been achieved, both parties have managed to create an environment of mutually beneficial growth and prosperity for both Canadian and American citizens.

From the letter:

"International trade was a major focus of the 2016 presidential campaign, and in particular a focus on increasing benefits for the American worker. We believe that trade between Canada and many American states yields positive outcomes for workers on both sides of the border. Many of the employers that we represent rely on cross-border business relationships for their own success. When Canadian businesses purchase American products or participate in the supply chains of American companies, they are contributing to the growth and prosperity of American businesses - and vice-versa. This is an essential message to convey to our American counterparts."

To read the full letter, click here.

SOURCE Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For further information: Rachel Strong, Senior Communications Advisor, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, E: rachestrong@occ.ca, T: 416.482.5222 ext. 2470


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