TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne recently met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Washington, D.C. and according to a statement released by the Office of the Premier, the conversation focused on the importance of cross-border trade in creating jobs and delivering benefits for workers, businesses and consumers.
"It has never been more important for Ontario to engage in productive dialogue with our neighbours in the U.S. as we approach the third round of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) negotiations," said Wynne in the statement.
"I also expressed Ontario's confidence in the three countries' ability to reach a deal that will benefit people and businesses across North America.
"As Canada works with the U.S. and Mexico to renegotiate NAFTA, Ontario will continue to engage with partners across North America to advocate for free trade and cross-border partnership."
While in Washington, Wynne also delivered the 2017-2018 Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins University.
"Over the past few months, I have shared a clear message with our U.S. partners — Ontario and the U.S. have many common goals, and free trade and open borders help us achieve them," said Wynne.
"I have met or spoken with dozens of governors, senators, members of Congress and members of state assemblies over the past eight months.
"Every one of them has agreed that North America works best when we work together. Our federal governments are working productively at the negotiating table, but as provinces and states we too have a voice and a key advocacy role to play."
NAFTA negotiations took place in Ottawa recently.