The Premier for Quebec, Philippe Couillard was present in Washington, D.C. for a day visit to talk with U.S. President Donald Trump’s point man on trade. This included an encounter with the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, together with the ambassador of Canada to the United States, David MacNaughton and other senators in a series of conferences that talked about the Canada-U.S. trade affairs.
It wasn’t clear, what was on the agenda, however softwood lumber litigation, NAFTA talks, supply management and the trade complaints made by Boeing and Bombardier was likely part of the agenda and prioritized issues.
From the data revealed by the government, goods worth of $59.4 billion was exported by Quebec to the United States in 2015, making up for more than 72 per cent of its global trade exports. The visit by Couillard was right after a designation of eight provincial and territorial leaders journeyed to Washington for a meeting with business owners, legislators, and administration officials in the U.S.
In the course of last week, Couillard mentioned he wanted to deliver a message that the trade settlements was of advantage to the United States as well as Canada. Couillard said at the closing of the recent meeting of Quebec’s lawmakers; “Our message to the Americans is that trade agreements are good for you too. Nine million jobs in 35 American states are dependent on it.”