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03/27/2015 - 19:21
It is with sadness that I learned today of the death of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East. As head of the Apostolic See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon from 1976 until his death on March 26, His Holiness led the Assyrian Church of the East through a period of hardship and change. Through his advocacy for the Assyrian community, and in his efforts to promote ecumenism and unity with other churches, His Holiness will be remembered both as a great pastor to his people and as a strong advocate for religious freedom.
03/27/2015 - 18:15
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced that Christopher J. McNeil will join the Veterans Review and Appeal Board
03/27/2015 - 15:15
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Philip Hammond, the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to discuss issues of national security and the current threat posed by extremist jihadism.
03/27/2015 - 15:13
Canada is concerned by the deteriorating situation in Yemen resulting from the ongoing military actions taken by Houthi rebels against the elected government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah. These actions are fueling the widespread instability and chaos that is exacerbating Yemen's growing humanitarian crisis and threatening regional stability.

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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