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At annual meetings, the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico discuss issues to be accomplished in the following year under the SPP and agree on priority areas requiring concerted efforts. These priorities can change, as they respond to the needs and challenges of each country and those identified in the annual SPP progress reports.
In Canada, federal departments and agencies responsible for delivering SPP initiatives collaborate and consult, as appropriate, with a broad range of interests and stakeholders, including provincial and territorial governments, industry, associations and special interest groups. Stakeholders are kept informed of SPP initiatives through various means, including meetings, correspondence and the Government of Canada's SPP website. The level of consultation varies, from formal input on specific SPP-related initiatives or proposals, to informal discussions relating to the broader responsibilities of the department or agency. Some examples are as follows:
In addition, Industry Canada and Public Safety Canada officials have met with representatives of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Food Processors of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, among others. They have also participated in conference calls with provincial and territorial officials to provide updates on the SPP, and have invited provincial/territorial officials to follow-up with them to discuss particular issues. In April and May 2007, the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade held a number of meetings on the SPP during which government officials provided testimony and responded to questions from committee members. In June 2007, the Standing Committee on Health also held a meeting on the SPP. Transcripts of these meetings can be found at the Parliament of Canada website: www.parl.gc.ca.