Readout of Secretary Jeh C. Johnson’s Trip to Canada

Republished from DHS.gov.

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson traveled to Canada, where he participated in bilateral meetings with key counterparts. Discussions focused on continued cooperation on priority issues for both governments, including efforts to enhance perimeter security and economic competitiveness.

Secretary Johnson met with Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale; Minister of Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum; Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould; and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman accompanied Secretary Johnson.

Secretary Johnson was honored to be the first U.S. Cabinet Secretary to be invited to a Canadian Cabinet Committee meeting.

The bilateral meetings featured issues that advance President Obama’s Beyond the Border vision, which has deepened and institutionalized U.S. – Canada cooperation to enhance continental security while facilitating trade and travel. These discussions included the implementation of the 2015 Land/Rail/Marine/Air preclearance agreement, screening of visitors to the continent, information sharing, refugee resettlement, and transshipped counterfeit or copyright-infringing good.

Secretary Johnson also discussed follow-up to the June 2016 North American Leaders Summit regarding efforts to better align human trafficking awareness campaigns, as well as the February 2016 Five Country Ministerial regarding countering violent extremism and cybersecurity.