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Strengthening Economic Collaboration Between Michigan and Canada Key Topic of Business Roundtable

The Detroit Regional Chamber welcomed the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canadian minister of innovation, science and economic development, for a roundtable discussion on March 29. This meeting was part of Bains’ trip to Windsor, Detroit and Lansing to meet with key stakeholders to highlight the integrated nature of Canada-U.S. and Canada-Michigan economies.

“Canada and the United States’ relationship is the envy of the world,” said Bains, reinforcing the longstanding collaboration and history between the countries.

Bains also emphasized how much Canada values Michigan in particular. He shared, “In Michigan we have strong bilateral trading relationships of $71 billion.”

Dialogue between 19 executives from both countries focused on the challenges and insights on topics such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Participants also offered ideas on how to continue to strengthen trade ties under President Trump’s administration and how to educate the general public on the economic importance of trade between countries.

Bains concluded the roundtable by stressing the importance of both countries continuing to support one another and to do their part in championing a strong trade relationship.