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Canada hearts the U.S.

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President Barack Obama is on the ground in Ottawa, chatting happily with Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean at the Ottawa airport.

And so, I  give you some other facts and figures about the Canada/U.S. relationship you might not have known, courtesy of the federal government.

  • Canada operates 22 missions and trade offices across the United States, including our embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • The Canadian embassy is the only embassy between the Capitol and the White House.
  • The United States maintains an embassy in Ottawa, as well as consulates general in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
  • The Canada-U.S. border stretches for 8,891km; it is the longest undefended border in the world.
  • The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor is the busiest border crossing between the two countries.
  • Each day, more than 300,000 people and 200,000 commercial trucks cross the U.S. – Canada border.
  • Canada and the United States share the largest bilateral flow of goods, services, people and capital between any two countries in the world – worth $710 billion in 2007.
  • With some $1.9 billion of goods and services crossing the border each day, the two countries are one another’s largest customers and biggest suppliers.
  • Canada exported $392 billion in goods and services to the U.S. in 2007 and imported $318 billion in return.
  • 86% of Canada’s total exports go to the United States.
  • The United States absorbed 74% of Canada’s merchandise exports and furnished nearly two-thirds (63.7%) of Canada’s imports.
  • Almost 1/4 of Canada-U.S. merchandise trade is in automobiles, trucks, and parts.
  • Canada is the primary foreign market for 35 of 50 states, absorbing more than one fifth of U.S. exports.
  • Canada is the No. 1 destination for U.S. agricultural exports.
  • Canadians buy more American goods that Mexico and Japan combined, more that the entire European Union, and four times as much as China.
  • Canada and the United States also have one of the world’s largest investment relationships.
  • The United States is the largest foreign investor in Canada and the most popular destination for Canadian investment abroad.
  • In 2007, 44% of Canadian foreign direct investment (approximately $226 billion) went to the United States.
  • U.S. direct investment in Canada grew 8% between 2006 and 2007 (the highest annual growth rate in 6 years) to reach $288.6 billion.
  • Canada ranks sixth in the world in total energy production, seventh in global oil production, third in global gas production and second in hydro-electric generation.
  • Canada has the world’s largest known deposits of high-grade natural uranium and is the world’s leading producer of uranium for nuclear energy.
  • Alberta’s oil sands are the largest single oil deposit in the world.
  • Canada is the United States’ largest supplier of energy – oil, natural gas, uranium and electricity.
  • In 2007, Canadian exports accounted for 9% of total U.S. energy demand.
  • Canadian crude oil imports – nearly 2.4 million barrels per day – accounted for 18% of U.S. crude oil imports in 2007.
  • Canada also supplied the United States with 85% of its natural gas imports, accounting for 16% of total U.S. energy consumption.
  • Canada supplies approximately one third of the uranium used in U.S. nuclear power plants.
  • Canada and the United States share a fully integrated electricity grid and supply almost all of each other’s electricity imports.

And finally, if you care at all, the menu for the luncheon today – a working luncheon of course – is as follows:

Pacific Coast Tuna with a Chilli and Citrus Vinaigrette
Maple and Miso Cured Nunavut Arctic Char
Lightly Pickled Vegetables and an Organic Beet Relish
Applewood Smoked Plains Bison
Winter Root Vegetables and Local Mushrooms
Cauliflower and Rosemary Puree
Juniper and Niagara Red Wine Jus
Saugeen Yogurt Pot de Crème with a Lemon and Lavender Syrup
Wild Blueberry and Partridgeberry Compote
Acadian Buckwheat Honey and Sumac Tuile


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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.


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