Cross-Country Consultations

As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada made a commitment to refresh the Global Commerce Strategy (GCS). The government undertook a series of cross-country consultations with industry and business leaders—including those from small-and medium-sized enterprises. A refreshed GCS will align Canada’s trade and investment objectives in large, dynamic and fast-growing priority markets, with an eye to ensuring that Canada is branded to its greatest advantage in those markets.

The GCS was launched in 2007 and has been central to the government’s pro-trade plan.

In May 2012, the government announced the formation of a 10 member advisory panel to help guide Canada’s pro-trade plan and act as a sounding board for a refreshed GCS.

August 14, 2012 - Minister Fast launches a series of consultations with industry and business leaders—including those from SMEs to help refresh the GCS.

Minister Fast at podium

August 15, 2012 - The Government of Canada undertook consultations in Montréal with business leaders from across Quebec. The views of the Quebec business community will help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy (GCS).

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August 16, 2012 - Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, on behalf of Minister Fast, attends a consultation session in Toronto with industry and business leaders from across southern Ontario to help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy (GCS).

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August 21, 2012 - Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today attended a consultation session in Winnipeg with industry and business leaders from across Manitoba to help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy (GCS).

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August 22, 2012 - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today attended a consultation session in Saskatoon with industry and business leaders from across Saskatchewan to help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy (GCS).

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August 23, 2012 - Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today attended a consultation session in Calgary with industry and business leaders from across Alberta to help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy.

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August 24, 2012 - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today attended a consultation session in Vancouver with industry and business leaders from across British Columbia to help the government refresh its Global Commerce Strategy (GCS).

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October 2, 2012 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today met with his Global Commerce Strategy (GCS) Advisory Panel to discuss the next phase of the most ambitious trade expansion plan in Canadian history and ways to ensure the GCS continues to benefit Canadian workers, businesses and families.