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Ontario and Maryland Commit to Expanding Trade and Economic Development

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Ontario and Maryland Commit to Expanding Trade and Economic Development

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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement following a meeting with the Governor of Maryland and Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), Larry Hogan, Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Kelly Schulz, and Laurie Scott, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure:

"Today, Minister Scott and I met with Governor Hogan and Secretary Schulz and committed to strengthening trade ties with Maryland. By expanding trade and exploring ways to further economic development with our partners in the United States, we will help businesses grow and create jobs on both sides of the border.

The close ties between Ontario and Maryland, and Canada and the United States as a whole, allow for greater cooperation when partnering on large-scale infrastructure projects. Governor Hogan and I agreed to explore opportunities for partnerships to help deliver successful infrastructure projects.

We had a productive discussion about the upcoming NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. in February 2020 and the planned NGA Study Tour to Toronto in April 2020. I reaffirmed Ontario's support for the Chair's Initiative on infrastructure. Ontario is investing $144 billion over the next decade in strategic infrastructure projects, including making the single largest capital investment in new subway builds in Canadian history.

Ontario is prepared to work with Governor Hogan and political leaders across North America to solve these pressing challenges and modernize our infrastructure in ways that will grow our economy, create jobs, and meet the needs of the 21st century. I look forward to hosting Governor Hogan and his delegation in Toronto next April." 

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