A news release from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, “International Trade Minister Highlights Canada’s Aggressive Free Trade Agenda”
(No. 309 – September 23, 2010 – 2:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today emphasized the Harper government’s commitment to opening new markets through an aggressive free trade agenda. Minister Van Loan delivered his remarks at the launch of the 2010 edition of the Economic Freedom of the World Index in Ottawa, after he tabled legislation to implement the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement in the House of Commons.
The submission of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement to Parliament is just the latest move in the Harper government’s aggressive policy of expanding trade opportunities for Canada’s exporters. Note the emphasis on manufacturing:
“This agreement improves access to the Panamanian market for Canadian goods, services and investment at a time when Canadian manufacturers and exporters seek to grow their business in global markets,” said Jayson Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
In less than four years, the Government of Canada has followed through on its commitment to open new markets to Canadians and Canadian businesses by concluding new free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, Jordan and Panama and with the European Free Trade Association states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The Harper government has also launched discussions on economic partnership with two of the world’s largest economies: the European Union and India. A trade agreement with the European Union will represent the most significant Canadian trade initiative since the North American Free Trade Agreement, and is expected to deliver a $12‑billion annual boost to the Canadian economy.
- Bloomberg, “Canada Introduces Bill to Enact Panama Free Trade Agreement“
- Business Review Canada, “Canada Pursuing Free Trade Agreements in Latin America“
- Scott Brison, National Post, “Canada and Colombia working together for stability and human rights“
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