TORONTO – Senior Advisor Cara Morrow met today with Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade Rob Stewart ahead of the USMCA Mid-Year Check-In meeting.
Senior Advisor Morrow and Deputy Minister Stewart emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Canadian relationship and agreed to enhance joint work in strengthening North American competitiveness ahead of the fourth meeting of the USMCA Free Trade Commission later this year. Senior Advisor Morrow reiterated the United States’ continued concerns with Canada’s proposed digital service tax and dissatisfaction with Canada’s dairy tariff rate quota allocation measures, and shared concerns about trademark provisions of Quebec’s Bill 96 and their potential implications for U.S. businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, they discussed their commitment to implementing USMCA FTC Decision Number 5, including enhancing coordination during emergency situations.
The two agreed to continue to collaborate on addressing these issues and other shared priorities.