Today Ambassador Ron Kirk concluded his first visit to Canada as the United States Trade Representative.
Ambassador Kirk traveled to Toronto, where he held a roundtable with American Chamber of Commerce and Canadian business leaders on Friday. He also delivered the keynote speech and answered questions at an event hosted by the Toronto Board of Trade business leaders. Ambassador Kirk’s remarks can be found here.
On Thursday, Ambassador Kirk met with Canadian Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan. They discussed a number of bilateral issues such as the Doha round, the Softwood Lumber Agreement, regulatory cooperation that will aid small businesses, and the operation of the U.S.-Canada Government Procurement Agreement. That afternoon Ambassador Kirk was hosted by Carleton University, where he addressed students, business executives, and leaders from Ottawa. He spoke about the strength and vibrancy of the U.S.-Canada trade relationship.
In 2009, the United States and Canada traded $430 billion in goods.