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Newsletter January 26

To highlight the benefits of a strong and fair economic partnership between Canada and the United States, I headed to Washington with many other Mayors from across North America. 

The North American Free Trade Agreement is vital to southwest Ontario’s economic growth and innovation. London alone does $13-billion in trade with the United States each year.

Myself and Big City Mayors' Caucus colleagues, including Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, advocated for free and fair Canada-U.S. trade. 

There’s no question that cities on both sides of the border benefit from NAFTA. Increasingly, Canadian and American companies are making things together.

Parts and goods cross our borders daily. Trade provisions would be detrimental to our economy not just in London, but across our region and nation.

That’s why this trip was important and that’s why we at a municipal level need to advocate for free and fair trade. This is a priority not only for the Big City Mayors' Caucus, but for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 

The NAFTA zone is the biggest economic region in the world, encompassing a $21-trillion regional market of 480-million consumers.

Mayors in both Canada and the United States agree that we need to continue conversations to foster a strong global economy that reaches beyond borders.

A sincere thank you to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and US Conference of Mayors for orchestrating this event and advocating for Canadian Municipalities year round.



Matt Brown


With fellow Canadian Mayor's Jim Watson and Drew Dilkens at the US Conference of Mayor's in Washington, DC


Valuable Discussion on Trade/NAFTA at the US Conference of Mayors (USCM)

Events and Occasions:

  • London Chinese Entrepreneur Alliance New Year Gala
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra Performance
  • MPP Deb Matthews Open House
  • Meeting with Shane Kennedy from TD Canada Trust
  • Meeting with John Geha and Chad Lovell from London St. Thomas Association of Realtors
  • US Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Washington, DC
  • USCM Strong Cities Networking Welcome Dinner and Programming
  • Meeting Neil Herrington, Vice President, Americas at the US Chamber of Commerce
  • NAFTA Roundtable at Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute
  • Meeting to discuss combating the Opioid Epidemic
  • Meeting with D.C. Mayor Bowser and David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
  • USCM Washington Welcome Reception


Chatted with Mayor Catherine E. Pugh about McCormick & Company's headquarters in Baltimore



Conversations with US Chamber of Commerce & BCMC Colleagues about the importance of trade

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