A talk by The Honourable John Manley
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
and Minister of Infrastructure and Crown Corporations
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Sheraton Halifax Hotel, Halifax AB Room
Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Luncheon 12:00 – 2:00
“What is Canada’s US agenda? It’s Canada’s own”. This was the theme of the address given by Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, The Honourable John Manley, during AIMS’ and its partners’ latest addition to the highly successful Economic Leadership Speaker Series. Mr. Manley discussed several different aspects of the Canada-US friendship including the necessity of a well-managed relationship between the two to ensure mutually strong and prosperous economies. Highlighting both negative (the current softwood lumber dispute) and positive (the new joint security cooperation agenda which includes targeting teams of US and Canadian inspectors operating at some of our continents major ports), Mr. Manley continually stressed the need for Canada to preserve its sovereignty while maintaining the open and friendly attitude seen during the September 11 tragedy. In conclusion, the Deputy Prime Minister invited the audience never to lose sight of Canada’s priorities in the US-Canada relationship – security, prosperity, and the highest quality of life for Canadians.