Ontario Committed to Strong Working Relationship with Texas
Premier Kathleen Wynne released this statement following her meeting with Michael S. Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, in Toronto today:
"The strong relationship between Ontario and Texas is long-standing and vital to the economies of both regions. Last year, two-way goods trade between Ontario and Texas exceeded $16 billion. Canada-Texas trade and investment supports nearly 460,000 jobs in the state.
As part of my broader commitment to strengthening our trade relationship with the U.S., today I met with Mayor Rawlings and Mayor Price during their trade mission to Ontario. We discussed new business and investment opportunities between Ontario and the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, including creating more research and innovation partnerships between our thriving ICT sectors. We also discussed our shared priorities around education and transit, including high-speed rail.
In order to keep our integrated economies growing, we have to make sure that the way we trade keeps pace with the way we do business. This was the focus of both today's productive meeting with Mayor Rawlings and Mayor Price, as well as my recent visit to Washington, D.C.
We are disappointed that Texas has passed discriminatory Buy American provisions. While the bill would come into effect this fall, we continue to advocate for Ontario's interests and work with Texas lawmakers to seek an exemption for the province.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss Ontario's position on this legislation with Mayor Price and Mayor Rawlings today. Relationships at all levels of government are important. And this kind of dialogue helps us to maintain our mutually beneficial U.S. partnerships, which are supported by free trade and open procurement.
In recent weeks, I have met with mayors, governors, and members of Congress from across the U.S., and I am encouraged that, across those levels of government, there is a strong understanding of what free trade and open procurement mean for our economies. An understanding that free trade and open procurement create good jobs for workers and more opportunity for business, and encourage competition and economic growth. This is why we see the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to make it even more effective for our workers, businesses and communities -- not to move away from one of the world's most productive trade relationships.
We are delighted to host the delegations from Dallas and Fort Worth on this mission, which clearly demonstrates the value of our trade relationship while also creating new opportunities for growth in Ontario and Texas.
I am determined to keep working across all levels of government, in Canada and across the U.S., to advocate for the people of Ontario, to promote our skilled workers and our businesses, and to find new opportunities to grow our international trade relationships."