Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to New York City on May 16, 2013, to participate in a question and answer session with members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an important U.S. foreign policy organization and think tank. The session will be moderated by Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
“The Canadian economy continues to perform relatively well in a time of global economic uncertainty,” said Prime Minister Harper. “I look forward to engaging with Council members on pressing issues including the global economy, trade liberalization, energy and security, as well as issues of importance to Canada and the U.S. such as the Keystone XL pipeline and the Detroit River International Crossing.”
While in New York, Prime Minister Harper will also participate in a roundtable with American business leaders.
Canada and the U.S. enjoy one of the closest and most prosperous relationships in the world, with bilateral trade surpassing US$742.4 billion in 2012, and more than US$2 billion worth of goods and services crossing the Canada-U.S. border every day.