Washington, D.C., April 24, 2013 — "Canada supports the Keystone XL project because it will enhance national security, create jobs and foster long-term economic prosperity for both of our countries," said Minister Oliver. "Strengthening our bilateral energy collaboration would displace oil from Venezuela and the Middle East with a stable continental supply and thereby enhance the energy security of North America. …
"Canada will continue to be the leading, most secure, reliable and competitive energy supplier to the United States," said Minister Oliver. "Our two nations' shared commitment to democracy, free markets and the rule of law underpin why Canada and the United States have the world's most successful relationship."
Ottawa, Ontario, April 12, 2013 — "Canada and the United States are each other's most important trading partners. The Presidential Permit represents an important step towards a new bridge which will be needed for growing trade and traffic at the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial border crossing with over 8,000 trucks crossing each day," said Minister Raitt. "This project will create thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the border both during the construction period and in the years to come."
The crossing is one of Canada's top infrastructure priorities. In addition to the new six-lane bridge, the project includes state-of-the-art inspection plazas and an interchange with Interstate-75 in Michigan.
Ottawa, Ontario, March 14, 2013 — Canada's Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that paves the way for a United States Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) truck cargo pre-inspection pilot project on Canadian soil. The MOU was signed in Washington during their biannual meeting and is a commitment made as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. "Our Government aims to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods and services at the Canada–U.S. border, as envisioned in the Beyond the Border Action Plan," said Minister Toews. "The pilot announced today will test the concept of conducting primary inspection of U.S.-bound truck cargo in Canada in order to better manage our shared border and improve economic opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and their U.S.-based supply chain partners."
Key WTO countries moving forward toward an agreement to facilitate global services trade
Ottawa, Ontario, March 18, 2013 — "Services represent almost 70 percent of the Canadian economy and are responsible for nearly four in five Canadian jobs, employing 13.5 million workers. It is vital for Canada's economic success to continue to be at the forefront of reducing barriers to trade." — Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade
Ottawa, Ontario, February 1, 2013 — "Canada offers sincere congratulations to John Kerry as he assumes the office of U.S. secretary of state. I look forward to working with him.
"The Canada-U.S. relationship is the closest and most prosperous of any in the world—an example to all other nations. The strong bonds of our cooperation are rooted in our shared values and interests." — John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs