Premier Wynne and Governor Snyder Reaffirm Strong Partnership Between Ontario and
March 13, 2017 - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
released a joint statement following their meeting today in Detroit:
"Ontario and Michigan are strong partners with deeply integrated economies. Today,
we discussed how we will continue to work together to advance our shared priority
to create jobs and grow our economies.
Ontario is Michigan's top customer worldwide, with nearly $21 billion (US) in exports
in 2016. Some 259,000 Michigan jobs are supported by trade and investment with Canada,
more than 91 per cent of which is with Ontario.
We are building on a strong, collaborative foundation — including our first-ever
Memorandum of Understanding on auto manufacturing, stewardship of the Great Lakes,
and supporting the completion of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, which
will increase efficiency and create jobs in both the short- and long-term.
We look forward to co-hosting the next Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
Governors and Premiers Leadership Summit this fall in Windsor and Detroit. Together
with our fellow governors and the Premier of Quebec, this event will reaffirm the
importance of healthy Great Lakes to our environment, economy and society.
We are particularly eager to review the progress of the Conference's Economic Task
Force, which focuses on the regional economy. And we anticipate, as well, updates
from the Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force and the Regional Maritime Entity.
Today we also reflected on progress achieved through last summer's automotive MOU.
We are advancing our ability to develop new cutting-edge automotive technologies
and improve the efficiency and reliability of our supply chains. Continuing our
strong partnership and ensuring a seamless flow of materials between our regions
is key to both Ontario and Michigan.
We remain steadfastly committed to ensuring businesses on both sides of the border
thrive, and to improving the lives of people in communities across Ontario and Michigan."