Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is back from what he says was a successful trade mission to the U.S. Capitol.
Moe led a delegation of Premiers including Ontario’s Doug Ford and Alberta’s Jason Kenney.
The delegation of Canadian premiers attended the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., from February 7th – 10th.
“Over the past weekend, it was an honour to represent not just Saskatchewan, but all Canadians as premiers attended the National Governor’s Association” Moe said in a release. “The United States is Canada’s most significant trading partner and is the destination of more than 55 per cent of Saskatchewan’s exports. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to build on this relationship and ensure that our American neighbors know that we are actively working to ratify the USMCA in Canada.”
The mission included a meeting between the COF delegation, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer.
The COF delegation also held a joint meeting with Acting Canadian Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman. In both meetings, Premiers communicated their commitment to the swift Canadian ratification of the USMCA and discussed opportunities to further integrate the Canadian and United States economies.
During the mission, Premier Moe conducted a number of bilateral meetings with officials, including:
• The governors of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Maryland and South Carlolina;
• House representatives from North Dakota and Ohio;
• Administration officials including the Undersecretary of Energy, the Assistant Director of Nuclear Energy in the President’s Science and Technology Division and the Department of Commerce’s Western Hemisphere Division; and
• Mexican governors Francisco Domínguez Servién and Carlos Mendoza Davis, chair and incoming chair of the Mexican National Governors’ Conference, the Mexican counterpart organization to COF.
Moe is expected to speak to the media sometime on Wednesday.