Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations
As U.S. President Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau meet in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 2017, the leading Canada-U.S. business associations, companies, and policy experts have issued the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations that prescribes the general principles that should guide the management of the world’s largest security, trade, and cultural relationship.
The signatories convened in June 2016 on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio to discuss the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship in the next U.S. Administration. The result of that June summit, the Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations, calls for the respective leaders to address innovation; expanded labor mobility; regulatory alignment; border security; trade and travel facilitation cooperation; enhancing the role of states, provinces, and municipalities, and addressing Canada-U.S. in the global context.
“The United States and Canada are friends because the American and Canadian people are friends. The Columbus Statement comes from the heartland of America and speaks to how stakeholders and citizens of the two countries expect President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau to lead both countries forward. You cannot make America great again if Canada is not a partner in that success, and when Trudeau says Canada is back, this has to mean that Canada has America’s back at home and around the world.” says Dr. Christopher Sands of Johns Hopkins University, a principal author of the Columbus Statement.
Dan Ujczo, an international trade and customs attorney at Dickinson Wright and GLMC Board Member, advises that the “Columbus Statement is a key first step toward establishing the shared priorities of the Canada-U.S. business community. Our ongoing efforts will be to assist our government officials by increasing public awareness of the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship by having an active network of cross-border groups mobilized throughout the continent.”