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09/18/2014 - 08:00
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued a report card that assesses the implementation of the wireless code by wireless services providers.
09/18/2014 - 07:50
On September 30, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques will go head to head in a thrilling space race around Toronto. Each astronaut will be accompanied by a team of "tweeps" as they visit key space organizations and universities around the city to solve riddles, navigate through obstacle courses and space-themed challenges. Lasers and robots will be part of the fun!
09/18/2014 - 07:16
The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), will participate in the fourth annual Change for the Better CEO Sleepout, organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. This event aims to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness. Minister Bergen will deliver remarks at 8:30 pm.
09/18/2014 - 06:33
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce additions to this year's list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) senior appointments, promotions and retirements

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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