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Toronto, June 12 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory pledged today, during his State of the City address at the Toronto Region Board of Trade's annual luncheon, to work with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford to protect trade relations between Canada and the United States (U.S.), media reports said.
In his speech Tory said, "When our largest trading partner is suddenly threatening to impose tariffs across the board, not only is that a threat to the economic vitality of our nation and our province, it is a threat to the economic vitality of this city, as well," said Mayor Tory.
"I want to state clearly today that I stand with our Prime Minister and our incoming premier, Mr. Ford, when it comes to all of the rhetoric and sabre rattling from President Trump."
"I will do whatever I can to help ease these tensions and get back to doing business the way we have so successfully done over the past 25 years – and before that – to the immense benefit of both countries."
Tory said he would be enlisting American companies with significant operations in Toronto to appeal to U.S. leaders to stop this ongoing trade dispute.
He would also reportedly speak with fellow mayors in major cities across the U.S. to stress the importance of trade towards jobs and economic growth in all our cities.