Premier Brad Wall is in Iowa Wednesday promoting the importance of Canada and Saskatchewan’s trade relationship with the United States.
The trip is a result of discussions with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Wall offered to help engage the United States following President Donald Trump’s comments about wanting to renegotiate or tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement
Premier Wall addressed the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa State Senate
Wall introduced Saskatchewan as a province with lots to give.
“44 percent of the arable acres are in Saskatchewan,” Premier Wall said in an address to the House of Representatives. “We are one of the world’s biggest exporters of durum wheat, and of rye, and of canola. About 60 percent of the world’s exports of lentils and peas come from Saskatchewan. And we just can’t eat it all!”
Premier Wall will take part in a round-table discussion with state agricultural organizations and speak at an evening reception attended by 200 business, government and academic representatives.
Canada and the U.S. have a 1.4-trillion dollar trade and investment relationship.
American imports coming into Canada were worth 26-billion dollars U.S. last year, with 3.4-billion dollars U.S. coming from Iowa.
The Premier’s trip was part of a “Canada Day at the Capitol” program which has been organized by the Canadian Consulate General.