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07/30/2014 - 17:05
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, completed a successful visit to Lebanon where he met community, business, & political leaders, promoted trade, and met Canadian aid workers who are helping victims of the Syrian Civil War.
07/30/2014 - 15:45
Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Dean Allison, member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, attended an open house at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Victoria Farm and announced two investments worth over $2.5 million from the Government of Canada.
07/30/2014 - 15:17
The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, will travel to Koror, Palau, to participate in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue plenary session on August 1, 2014. This will be the Parliamentary Secretary's sixth consecutive Post Forum Dialogue meeting, demonstrating Canada's commitment to the Pacific Islands.
07/30/2014 - 14:00
Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), announced over $1.3 million in funding to the Neil Squire Society to help Canadians with disabilities enter the workforce.

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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