Liberals prepare for cabinet retreat in Calgary

Canada-U.S. relationship expected to be top topic


 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, middle, holds a press conference as he's joined by his newly sworn in ministers Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, left to right, Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patty Hajdu Minister of Labour and Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017., following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, middle, holds a press conference as he’s joined by his newly sworn in ministers Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, left to right, Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patty Hajdu Minister of Labour and Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017., following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

CALGARY – The Canada-U.S. relationship will be a hot topic when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal cabinet meet in Calgary today.

Donald Trump’s presidency is a big departure from the previous Obama administration and the Liberal government is adjusting to the new reality.

David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U-S, is at the cabinet retreat to provide an update on talks with the new administration so far.

He says when it comes to trade, it’s possible for both countries to come out winners.

MacNaughton says he’s heard from some businesses worried about Trump’s protectionist messages.

But he says most are positive and understand Canada is doing what it can to ensure it maintains a strong relationship with its southern neighbour.

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says when he was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, recently, he sought to stress to Americans he met the depth and breadth of the trade relationship.

But he says a lot of international players besides the U-S expressed interest in Canada as a stable trading partner.


 
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