What has been said about CETA

 “The EU is obviously a very large, affluent market with a strong investment presence in Canada and vice versa. If you think about how, increasingly, global trade is built around intra-company supply chains or coordinated supply chains globally, you can see how a free trade agreement really can build up investment that’s in both respective jurisdictions.”

Rory McAlpine, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

“As a member of the BC and Canadian food industry for over 50 years now, we strongly support the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The food industry is the number-one employer in BC and Freybe Gourmet Foods alone provides jobs for over 300 employees. The success of our business, the creation of jobs, and the growth of the industry as a whole will depend on initiatives like CETA that grant us greater access to key markets abroad and lead to increased investment in our people, our technologies and our businesses.”

Sven Freybe, President and CEO, Freybe Gourmet Foods

“The Canada – EU agreement will create new opportunities for western producers to increase their presence in the European market and to attract investment from key financial sectors in Europe. The importance of the agreement is in securing advantages ahead of the United States, as such it positions western Canada companies and producers with a new window of opportunity that they, and the rest of the country, must move quickly to seize.”

Carlo Dade, Director, Centre for Trade & Investment Policy, The Canada West Foundation

“The EU represents the most lucrative seafood market in the world, with high seafood consumption per capita. For too many of our products, we are kept from being competitive because of the high tariffs the EU placed on our seafood products. It’s a remarkable achievement, the elimination of all EU tariffs on fish and seafood in a single leap. The EU is our backyard. Two thirds of the rest of Canada’s seafood is sold in the U.S., but we sell just 34 percent to the U.S. We’re closer to many parts of Europe, geographically and historically, than many markets in the U.S. Clearly we have work to do, but the good news is [that] the ground has shifted. We can take our current sales, and now we have room for growth. This is good news for us and good news for European consumers. It opens up new market opportunities.”

Derek Butler, Executive Director, Association of Seafood Producers

“I think it’s a tremendous initiative. I think the free trade deal with the EU is something almost everybody in the fishing industry had hoped for years. We’re as excited as hell.”

Bill Barry, Chairman and CEO, Barry Group Inc.

“This milestone trade agreement with the European Union will lead to an increase in cargo activity through the Port of Halifax. An increase in trade with Europe will have long-term economic benefits for the Port of Halifax as a result of increased trade volumes. As one of Canada’s leading ports with Europe, the Port of Halifax stands ready to facilitate the increase in trade between Europe and Canada that this landmark agreement will bring.”

Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

“I think there are real opportunities for much more development of not only live lobsters in Europe but also processed lobsters.”

Gilles Thériault, President, GTA Fisheries Consultants

“This is a big accomplishment for Canada and for the New Brunswick fishing industry in particular. We expect to see great economic benefits resulting from this agreement from the day it is implemented.”

Doris Losier, Director, Cape Bald Packers

“The Maritime Fisherman's Union represents over 1,300 workers who stand to benefit from the tremendous opportunities a Canada-EU free trade agreement would bring to our industry. Duty-free access to the lucrative EU fish and seafood market will mean new jobs and prosperity for fishers and their families across the Maritimes.”

Christian Brun, Executive Secretary, Maritime Fishermen’s Union

“Expanding into new markets is the way forward for our company and the Canadian mussel industry as a whole. We have been working hard to enter the European market for some time now, and thanks to a Canada-EU trade agreement, enhanced market access will help us continue to grow and create new sources of prosperity for our company, our community and our province.”

Esther Dockendorff, President, P.E.I. Mussel King Inc.

“We believe the best seafood products in the world come from Prince Edward Island. Our seafood processors are very pleased to see a deal reached with the European Union to remove tariffs and make lucrative markets more accessible.”

Dennis King, Executive Director, PEI Seafood Processors Association

“An ambitious agreement with the European Union that eliminates tariff barriers would directly benefit Sable Fish Packers. By increasing our exports to Europe, Sable Fish Packers will be able to grow and create more opportunities for workers in Nova Scotia through jobs and higher wages. We support the government’s efforts to help us expand into large and important markets for the fish and seafood industry.”

Brian Blades, President, Sable Fish Packers Limited

“A trade agreement with the European Union not only increases opportunities for businesses that sell directly to the EU, but also improves market opportunities for companies like Acadian Timber that supply materials to support those businesses. We welcome the government’s efforts to strengthen trade opportunities to improve our economy.”

Kevin Topolniski, Chief Forester, Acadian Timber

“Quality maple sugar production is a source of great pride for Canadians. Our products are already well-known in the European market. Maple syrup has evolved beyond the traditional pancake and waffle markets and can now be found in value-added products as a natural flavouring. The elimination of EU tariff barriers on Canadian products will not only increase sales, but will also increase recognition of Canada’s high-quality products.”

Serge Beaulieu, President, Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

“Maple syrup has become an increasingly popular product among Europeans over the last few years. A trade agreement with the EU will make Canada’s products more competitive in this lucrative market.”

Pierre Faucher, Owner, Cabane à Pierre

“We anticipate that this agreement, when it comes into force, will open new markets to Canadian exporters like NOVO Plastics throughout Europe and will generate significant commercial opportunities for all Canadian small to medium-sized businesses. NOVO Plastics will benefit from the elimination of EU tariffs on auto parts, which are as high as 4.5 percent. This will provide us with a competitive advantage in the EU market that few other countries have.”

Baljit Sierra, President and CEO, NOVO Plastics Inc.

“We at Miovision are in full support of a Canada-EU trade agreement, and would consider freer trade with Europe to be a milestone achievement for the government procurement sector. At a minimum, the reduction of technical barriers to trade will allow companies like Miovision to reap far greater gains from existing deals with European customers. Ultimately, the faster Canada can gain preferential access to the European Union, the faster companies on both sides of the equation can grow and create jobs.”

Kurtis McBride, Co-founder and CEO, Miovision Technologies

“In the eyes of our industry, CETA means increased demand here in Canada for construction. It means expanding companies. It means housing for the new workers. And it means people have the confidence to invest in their future and in construction. Hand in hand with seeking increased trade in the Asia-Pacific and our existing free trade with the United States, freer trade with Europe will benefit Canadians and construction for decades to come.”

Terrance Oakey, President, Merit Canada

“This is the classic way to create jobs, by lowering trade barriers. We are a trading nation. We are convinced that with better opportunities in Europe we can increase our production, therefore hire more people and, therefore, create jobs. That is how it is done.”

Paul Van Meerbergen, Business Development Manager, Lamko Tool and Mold Inc.

“Quality wheat is a source of great pride to Canadians. Our agriculture products are already well-known in the European market. Eliminating tariff barriers on agriculture products will not only increase sales, but will also increase recognition of Canada’s high-quality products.”

Jim Wickett, Chair, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

“The EU is the largest buyer of Canadian soybeans, with more than a million tonnes exported to the region annually. We look forward to even greater trade with Europe with the implementation of CETA.”

Barry Senft, CEO, Grain Farmers of Ontario

“While we have exported canned salmon to Europe for more than 100 years, high tariffs, often more than 20 percent, have made it very difficult to increase exports to this lucrative market. Trade means jobs. It helps maintain Canadians’ standard of living. This agreement means new market opportunities for fishermen and processors up and down the coast.”

Christina Burridge, Executive Director, BC Seafood Alliance

“A comprehensive Canada-Europe trade agreement that reduces tariffs over time will not only help stimulate demand for our products, but it will also allow Canadian businesses to realize more money for their products.”

Chris Sporer, Executive Director, Seafood Producers Association of British Columbia

“Like most other B.C. seafood products, a large portion of the halibut commercially harvested in British Columbia is exported. The more our industry has open access to important world seafood markets, the better it is for fishermen, the communities where we live and for Canada, too. Commercial halibut fishermen fully support the Canada-EU comprehensive economic trade agreement.”

Lyle Pierce, President, Pacific Halibut Management Association

“I am also pleased that the Canadian Government has negotiated a free trade agreement with the EU and that the European Union is urging its members to support the growth of aquaculture. I understand that this has led to the development of plans for expansion in various parts of Spain, including Murcia. As CEO of Cooke Aquaculture and owner of Culmárex, I am prepared to invest and make those expansions a reality. I understand the potential for Jobs and economic growth generated by our business and am committed to working with you and realizing this potential.”

Glenn Cooke, CEO, Cooke Aquaculture

“A trade agreement with the EU will provide an excellent opportunity for many sectors of the B.C. economy—such as wood and wood products, agriculture and fish and seafood—to enjoy reduced tariff barriers and expand existing trading relationships. British Columbians will experience increased employment opportunities and our industries will benefit from a more diversified market for their products.”

Bob Wilds, Executive Director, BC Wharf Operators Association

“I commend the government’s efforts to conclude a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union that aims to eliminate tariffs on wood products and simplify market access requirements for Canadian exporters. Such an agreement will greatly strengthen the position of the Canadian forest industry.”

Paul Newman, President, Canada Wood Group

“A Canada-EU trade agreement helps provide an opportunity to grow our business of selling world-class forest products to Europe and create new sources of jobs and prosperity within our industry.”

Richard J. Slaco, Vice President and Chief Forester, International Forest Products Limited (Interfor)

“Quality wood and wood products are a source of great pride for Canadians. B.C.’s wood exports face average tariffs of 2.2 percent in the EU, with peaks of 10 percent. The elimination of tariff barriers on these products will not only increase sales, but will also increase recognition of Canada’s world-class products.”

Rick Jeffery, President and CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
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