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06/29/2015 - 16:24
"Canada condemns today's terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, and the apparent targeting of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, who died from injuries sustained in the attack. On behalf of Canada, I extend my sympathies to the family and friends of the Prosecutor General and wish a speedy recovery to the injured."
06/29/2015 - 15:00
Event date: June 30, 2015 - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, Minister Responsible for British Columbia, and Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, will make an important announcement about jobs in the Tri-Cities.
06/29/2015 - 14:30
The Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator and Leader of the Government in the Senate, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the designation of Saint-Eustache Church as a national historic site of Canada. With artillery scars still visible in its stonework, Quebec's Saint-Eustache Church remains a symbol of the 1837 Lower Canada Rebellion and the history of early Canada.
06/29/2015 - 14:30
Saint-Eustache Church is a Roman Catholic place of worship in the heart of the town of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, located at the confluence of the Mille Îles and Du Chêne rivers, northwest of the island of Montreal and Île Jésus. It played a central role in the decisive Battle of Saint-Eustache, which was fought on 14 December 1837 and marked the end of the 1837 Lower Canada Rebellion. In this colonial conflict, the rebels or patriotes rose up to challenge the powers of the British governor and his advisors.

Strahl welcomes new trade talks

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Ottawa- Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon spoke in favour of the new business opportunities and jobs available to Canadians through participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

"Mr. Speaker, our government understands that opening new markets and creating new business opportunities leads to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. That is why we are committed to deepening Canada's trading relationships with the dynamic and fast-growing economies of the Asia-Pacific," said Strahl in the House of Commons.

The TPP is a free trade agreement currently under negotiation by nine countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

The current membership represents a market of 510 million people and a GDP of $17.6 trillion. With the addition of Canada and Mexico, the market will comprise 658 million people and a GDP of $20.5 trillion. Canada will proceed to enter the talks at the earliest opportunity.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture applauded the news Canada would be joining the trade negotiations, saying, "The TPP represents significant market opportunities for Canadian farmers and a strong boost to the Canadian economy". 

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