Joe Comartin, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, United States
It is my great privilege to serve as Consul General of Canada in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
The United States and Canada have the strongest and most essential relationship of any two countries in the world. Our extensive border, volume of trade, joint defence, and shared values and culture make this binational partnership truly one-of-a-kind. I am honoured to be working with the United States to further enrich our bonds.
From our office in Detroit, the Consulate represents Canada in one of the most active regions in the United States. Across all four states, more than 870,000 U.S. jobs are directly supported by Canadian trade and investment. Nearly 950 Canadian-owned companies are investing in the region’s local communities.
Between Detroit and Windsor nearly 7,000 commercial vehicles and an average of US$290 million in surface trade cross the border each day, making this location the busiest commercial gateway between the United States and Canada. Construction is now commencing on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge project at this critical crossing.
From a young age, the desire to contribute and be of service to my community was instilled in me by my mother and something I’ve passed on to my three children and seven grandchildren. As a native of Windsor, the territory in which I am to serve is part of my community and I am motivated to take on this new challenge. Throughout my professional life, whether it be in education, law, or in Parliament, my goal has been to reform and innovate in order to make positive changes in the lives of people. That is one of the reasons why while serving in Parliament, I was selected for several leadership positions including Opposition House Leader and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit and the consulates across the country have built solid working relationships with businesses and communities. I pledge to do whatever I can to enhance that work and strengthen those ties in my territory.
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