Deepening North American Relations

June 12, 2015

(Ottawa) – Today, the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade released its report on strengthening the North American trade relationship. Entitled “North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a More Prosperous Future,” the report was undertaken in the fall of 2014 on the recommendation of Manitoba Senator Janis G. Johnson, who is also Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group.

“We recently marked the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement. This was an excellent juncture at which to take a look at the current state of Canada’s relationship with our two North American neighbours. The committee identified tremendous opportunities to both broaden and deepen trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico. The time has also come to act trilaterally in certain areas,” stated Senator Johnson.

Between September and December 2014, the Committee heard from numerous witnesses from the private sector, academia, think-tanks and Canadian as well as foreign diplomats. Their testimony was invaluable to the 9 specific recommendations contained in the report.

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To access the report, please visit the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s website.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew C. Miller
Parliamentary Affairs Advisor
The Honourable Janis G. Johnson
Senator for Manitoba
(613) 996-6071