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04/23/2014 - 15:00
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Manmeet Bhullar, Alberta Minister of Human Services, will make an important announcement that will help Alberta residents get jobs.
04/23/2014 - 14:10
Mr. Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of $297,000 to the Manitoba Beef Producers to improve the tools available for monitoring bovine tuberculosis in livestock in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area of Manitoba.
04/23/2014 - 13:35
Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year's launch of Express Entry, Canada's new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada's economic and labour market needs.
04/23/2014 - 13:25
On April 26, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue a new set of Ministerial Instructions to immigration officers regarding the processing of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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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