SAN DIEGO – Deputy United States Trade Representative Jayme White met today with Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade Rob Stewart at the Institute of the Americas located on the campus of the University of California San Diego ahead of the second USMCA Deputies meeting.
Ambassador White and Deputy Minister Stewart acknowledged the close relationship between the two countries, including the shared and broad agenda in strengthening North American economic integration. They discussed ongoing cooperation in multilateral fora, as well as the ongoing consultations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on certain Mexican energy measures that continue to threaten U.S. and Canadian investments.
Ambassador White expressed the United States’ ongoing concerns with Canada’s proposed unilateral digital service tax and pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services and online news sharing and discriminate against U.S. businesses.
Ambassador White and Deputy Minister Stewart agreed to continue to collaborate on addressing these issues and other shared priorities that are central to the U.S.-Canadian trade relationship.