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Ottawa, February 6, 2017—The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is hosting Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce for a brief but event-filled visit to Canada. Mr. Donohue and Canadian Chamber President Perrin Beattyhave met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeauand other senior officials to discuss the vital business ties between our two countries.

“The relationship between the United States and Canada goes much further than trade, and Mr. Donohue’s visit deepens the friendship and collaboration between our two countries at this critical time. The meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau will be an important part of a discussion on how business and government on both sides of the border can work together to build a more competitive environment where everybody wins,” said Mr. Beatty. “We are each other’s best customers, and our business together creates millions of jobs on both sides of the border.”

Mr. Donohue and Mr. Beatty will also meetwith Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland,  Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, as well as Canadian business leaders to discuss how to ensure Canadian and U.S. businesses continue to thrive by working together across the border.

“The U.S. and Canada have long shared core values and a commitment to free enterprise, free markets, and open trade. On this strong foundation we have built one of the most rewarding partnerships in the world,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The U.S. Chamber and the American business community look forward to working closely with the Trudeau government and the Canadian private sector to help achieve mutually beneficial goals.”

“Challenging times often reveal great opportunity. As we work to build an even stronger relationship between our countries, we’re happy to partner with our U.S. colleagues to promote the prosperity of both of our countries. Mr. Donohue is a great friend of Canada and we welcome his strong support for building closer ties,” concluded Mr. Beatty.

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To read the text of Mr. Donohue’s speech to the Economic Club of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, click here.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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Contact:

Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca