North American Security and Prosperity

The 1988 Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement – and its successor, the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement – defined a new era of continental cooperation. A generation later, Canada remains the United States’ most important export market, but the value of the relationship has eroded amid slower economic growth and more intense competition from abroad.

Going forward, our two countries need to work together more effectively to safeguard North America from illegitimate flows of goods, people and activities. Closer collaboration can improve each country’s ability to address security risks while promoting job creation, sustainable growth, competitiveness and prosperity.

Political leadership is critical in injecting urgency and providing clear direction to the complex network of existing institutions and arrangements that manage the bilateral relationship.

The Council also remains a strong supporter of the Canada-Mexico Partnership (CMP), which was launched in 2004. The CCCE works closely with its Mexican counterpart, the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios, to ensure effective business support in realizing the ambitious goals of the CMP.