Ontario wants Prime Minister Stephen Harper to use U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to press for Canada’s share of auto sector jobs and to find out what the Americans hope to accomplish with a review of border policies, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.

“Our economies, particularly in the Great Lakes states, are highly integrated, and we’ve got to find a way to address both security concerns and trade concerns,” McGuinty said.

Ontario’s Liberal government plans to introduce a Green Energy Act that it hopes will create 50,000 jobs and help in the fight against climate change, and pushing Obama for a North American system to cap greenhouse gas emissions is another priority for McGuinty.

“We have a real interest in pursuing a continental cap-and-trade system, something that places a hard cap on emissions,” he said.