Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade, issued the following statement on the exclusion of the United States (US) by the Trudeau government from the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Summit in Ottawa: “It is troubling that the Trudeau government seems to be purposefully excluding our largest trading partner from the WTO Summit. 20% of Canada’s GDP is tied to our commercial relationship, and 74% of Canadian exports go to the United States. “Sending this sort of message South of the border is very concerning, given that tariffs still remain on steel, aluminum and softwood lumber with no timeline or plan for lifting them. “Canada is a trading nation, with one of five jobs directly related to trade. The Trudeau government has so far failed to resolve major trade irritants between our two countries, and should immediately reconsider their decision to exclude the US from this important summit.” -30- Office of Dean Allison – (613) 995-2772 – [email protected]