Today, President Obama, making his first foreign trip since taking office, met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss, among other important issues, Canada's Economic Action Plan and the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Although specific details of the meeting were not available, discussions between the leaders "focused on saving and creating jobs" and "[w]orking together to develop effective global responses to the economic crisis, through the G-8 and G-20 processes."

Prior to President Obama's visit, various sources had reported that, following Congress' passing of the stimulus legislation last week, the Canadian government had voiced concerns over the "protectionist" nature of ARRA's "Buy American" requirements (subject to certain exceptions, Section 1605 of the Act requires the use of U.S.-produced iron, steel and other manufactured goods in public works projects), and that such measures could further impede recovery from the economic crisis and/or violate international trade agreements. However, there is no word whether President Obama addressed these concerns during the meeting.