January 21, 2013 - Washington, D.C. - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Canada's ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, and his wife, Ginny Devine, and Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, Rob Merrifield, wave while a contingent of RCMP officers salute President Barack Obama as he passes by during the Inaugural Parade.
Canada and the United States have one of the closest and most extensive relationships in the world. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the Obama Administration as it looks to create more jobs and economic opportunities in the United States, which will ultimately benefit both countries.
Since the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement came into force in 1989, Canada's annual GDP has risen by $1.1 trillion, nearly 4.6 million jobs have been created in Canada, and two-way trade in goods and services with the United States has more than tripled.
The mobility of people, goods, capital and information between Canada and the United States has helped ensure that the two societies remain open, democratic and prosperous.