I was at the Toronto car show to see the new cars and to meet with a group of auto industry leaders about the Canada – U.S. regulatory cooperation effort. While we are still developing the agenda, one of the first places we’re likely to start is with autos. It is the most integrated part of our economy (the average car goes back and forth across the border about seven times during production). And the cost of regulatory differences is huge.
I was joined by several colleagues from the Embassy and our Toronto Consulate. On the Canadian side, I was joined by Ambassador Doer, Environment Minister Kent, and representatives of several ministries. We heard many good suggestions on how we can achieve our goals and how we can get started quickly.
No one attending these meetings could have any doubt that both our governments, in partnership with the private sector, are committed to achieving success in overcoming the “tyranny of small differences.”
I also got a chance both yesterday and in a trip last week to see the new cars. I have been a fan of cars and car shows for years. This one really showed me how North American manufacturers have dramatically improved their product lines. There are now more practical reasons than ever — not just national pride — to buy a car made in North America.