Prime Minister Doug Ford visits Washington on trade mission

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The premier says his intention to meet with US officials in Washington is to validate “that Ontario is a safe and reliable jurisdiction for investment and business.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is on his way to Washington, DC, where he will meet with senior officials to discuss trade operations and advocate “against harmful protectionist policies.”

The visit is Ford’s first trip to the United States after Canada-U.S. border lockdowns due to measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The premier says his intention to meet with US officials in Washington is to validate “that Ontario is a safe and reliable jurisdiction for investment and business.”

“As we attract more skilled workers and build the roads, highways, bridges and public transit needed to drive our economy forward, we are meeting face-to-face with some of our closest partners to reaffirm the unparalleled potential of Ontario’s economy,” said Ford. said in a statement.

“That’s why it’s so important that we reject Buy American measures and continue to work together to ensure that our highly integrated economies become stronger than ever.”

Ford will meet with Kirsten Hillman, Canadian Ambassador to the United States and Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

Ford will be joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development and Trade. A discussion will focus on how Ontario can be promoted as a safe and reliable place for jobs across the border.

In February, Ford declared a state of emergency to end costly border blockades and what he called the “siege” in Ottawa linked to protests over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Saying Ontario’s economy is “built on trade,” Ford cited the monetary implications of the truckers’ protest at the Ambassador Bridge linking Windsor and Detroit.

The meeting with US officials comes amid a global spike in gas prices due to Russia’s wartime invasion of Ukraine.

Ford said last month it would backtrack on a long-promised gas tax cut while also calling out the carbon tax for reversing earlier savings its government had tried to apply to drivers.

During the 2018 provincial election, one of Ford’s campaign pledges was to cut gasoline prices by 10 cents per litre.

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