Vice President Pence makes first official state visit to Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Ottawa today. This was the first time the Pence has been in the nation’s capital, and the country, with his current title.

During time with the media, the prime minister told reporters, “millions of families on both sides of the border depend on the Canada-U.S. partnership. Look no further than the new NAFTA — a good deal that protects middle-class jobs and helps us build strong communities.”

“People like Cathy and Rob of Black Fly Beverage Company in London, Ontario, who sell their products not just across Canada but to customers in 11 U.S. states. They rely on access to the American market,” Trudeau added.

Meanwhile, the vice president commented on the strong relationship the two countries have and how he wants to keep it that way with the new and improved trade deal because, “the current North American Free Trade Agreement is just simply out of date.”

After closed door discussions the pair released the following joint statement:

Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau met in Ottawa on May 30, 2019 to discuss the bilateral relationship and issues of mutual concern.

Canada and the United States reaffirm our strong partnership and the shared values that bind our two countries. Our nations believe in democracy, human rights, and respect for the rule-of-law, and we work together to promote these shared values in many places around the globe.

For this reason, the United States and Canada stand together to firmly reject the wrongful detention of two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and call for their immediate release. China’s actions are damaging its international reputation and a deep concern for all countries that uphold the rule of law.

Canada and the United States welcome constructive, results-oriented engagement with China that concretely demonstrates respect for the rule of law, human rights, and fair and reciprocal trade.

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