Minister of State Sorenson Addresses Freight Forwarders Conference

Creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity remain the Harper government’s top priority

September 25, 2013 - The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today highlighted the Government of Canada’s multi-pronged strategy to promote trade at the Roads, Rails and Runways conference in Edmonton. More than 200 representatives of Canada’s $11-billion freight forwarding and logistics industry attended the conference, which was organized by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

“Our government is working hard to ensure Canada’s long-term success,” said Minister Sorenson. “That’s why we promote trade on many levels, including by investing in physical infrastructure, such as the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, why we are working to harmonize and streamline regulations with the United States and why we are pursuing free trade agreements with priority markets around the world.”

CIFFA, which celebrated its 65th anniversary as an association at the conference, represents leaders in the freight forwarding, import, export and manufacturing sectors in Canada.

“Exports are responsible for one out of every five Canadian jobs,” said Minister Fast. “That’s why we’ll continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our world-class freight forwarders who are helping create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadian families.”

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