Minister Cannon to Travel to Brazil

(No. 40 - February 13, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from February 15 to 17, 2009, as part of Canada's continued engagement in the Americas.

"Brazil is a key partner for Canada in the Americas," said Minister Cannon. "I look forward to deepening our engagement with Brazil and advancing our regional agenda through constructive bilateral discussions."

While in Brazil, Minister Cannon will meet with the country's Minister of External Relations, Celso Amorim, the Minister of Science and Technology, Sergio Rezende, and with senior government officials and representatives from the business community and civil society. The discussions will highlight Canada and Brazil's common objective of a more democratic, secure and prosperous hemisphere.

Canada has important commercial and political relations with Brazil. After the United States and Mexico, Brazil is Canada's third-largest merchandise export market in the Americas. In 2008, bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries reached nearly $5.3 billion. Canada also collaborated with Brazil in the reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

Canada's relations with Brazil are reinforced by the thousands of Canadians who trace their roots to the country, and who are contributing to the development and prosperity of both Canada and Brazil.

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