Bryant Promotes Mississippi-Canada Trade

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Gov. Phil Bryant and a Canadian diplomat are urging Mississippi's business community to look north for trading opportunities.

Stephen Brereton, Canada's consul general in Atlanta, spoke before the Mississippi Economic Council Wednesday at its annual Hobnob event.

The Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, had been scheduled to attend. But he was unable to travel to Mississippi because of storm-related flight cancellations still snarling the East Coast.

Bryant and Brereton said Mississippi and Canada should try to add to their trade, which totaled $2.6 billion in 2011.

Mississippi sent $1.8 billion in goods and services to Canada, the state's top export destination, while bringing back $800 million.