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05/21/2015 - 15:00
On behalf of the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux will deliver remarks at "A Night for Heroes" Gala hosted by Honour House
05/21/2015 - 14:30
Minister Findlay meets with leaders of the Chinese business community in the Greater Vancouver Area
05/21/2015 - 14:10
Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced funding to support new projects under the National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF).
05/21/2015 - 13:55
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) along with the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, will make an announcement regarding Government of Canada support through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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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