Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be the first Canadian prime minister in modern history to address the National Governors Association, which meets July 13 in Providence, Rhode Island.
“No countries share a closer bond than Canada and the United States. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people cross the border to work, travel or visit loved ones. Ever more integrated supply chains draw our economies closer together, bringing jobs and prosperity to Canadians and Americans alike,” Trudeau said in a statement. “I will continue to work with all orders of the U.S. government to create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the border, and to find solutions to the challenges we face together.”
In the interest of warming a cooled relationship between our two countries after President Trump accused Canada of “dumping” low-priced exports into U.S. markets using the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trudeau’s speech is likely an attempt to build stronger relations with U.S. governors.
Trudeau said during a press conference in Ireland this week, “There are tremendous opportunities for countries like Canada and Ireland, at a time where perhaps our significant allies and trading partners in the case of both the U.S. and the U.K. are turning inward or at least turning into a different direction.”
Immigration and climate change are two areas in which Trudeau and Trump disagree. When Trump announced his decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, Trudeau put out a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed”.
Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, who is hosting the three-day summit, reportedly plans to ask governors who attend the bi-annual meeting to support the climate pact.
“When there’s a vacuum of leadership, as there is now in the White House and in the United States Congress, yes, it puts more of an obligation on governors to do the work, absolutely,” she said Friday, urging governors to work directly with leaders like Trudeau.
More than 30 governors are registered to attend the meeting, which would be a high turnout. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have not said yet if they will attend, but they were invited.
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