Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will attend the Toronto auto show, where she’ll address the impact trade negotiations have on Canada's automotive sector.
Canada, the United States and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — the next round of talks starts in Mexico later this month. Canada and 10 other Pacific Rim countries recently agreed to a trade deal of their own, which does not include the United States.
Wynne has spent more than a year touring the United States, defending NAFTA. She has met with 33 U.S. governors during that time, stressing the importance of free trade between Canada and the United States.
The auto industry is highly integrated, especially so in Ontario and Michigan. Together, the two accounted for 26 per cent of North American vehicle production in 2016, according to the Province of Ontario.
In a statement Tuesday announcing her address in Toronto, Wynne said she has been “working closely with our partners in the U.S. and across Canada to find new ways to collaborate and protect the millions of jobs here in Ontario, and across North America, that rely on our integrated supply chains.”
Wynne's office has not yet said exactly when she will arrive Friday.
Wynne’s appearance at the Toronto Convention Centre will come a day after she holds a town hall in Windsor, Ont., one of the province’s manufacturing hotbeds. The town hall will be moderated by Ken Lewenza, former president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union. Wynne has promised to address the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), NAFTA negotiations and the current state of Ontario's auto industry at that town hall at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts.