Focused on the Real Priorities of Canadians

Harper government continues cross-Canada blitz showing the widespread benefits of the Canada-EU trade deal for every region of the country

November 12, 2013 - Over the past three weeks, the Harper government has been active across the country highlighting the many benefits that the Canada-European Union trade agreement will bring to hard-working Canadians and their families in every region of Canada. An agreement-in-principle for this historic deal was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on October 18, 2013.

“Our government is focused squarely on the real priorities of Canadians—creating new jobs and new opportunities for workers and businesses in every region of our country,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade. “As the biggest trade deal Canada has ever negotiated, the agreement we’ve reached with the European Union will create tens of thousands of jobs for Canadians and give our businesses access to a half-billion new customers. Whether you are a fisherman in Atlantic Canada, a maple syrup producer in Quebec, a manufacturer in Southwestern Ontario, a grain farmer in Saskatchewan, a beef producer in Alberta, or a woodworker in British Columbia—you will benefit from this historic agreement.”

On the first day the agreement comes into force, 98 percent of all EU tariffs will be eliminated, which will translate into increased profits and opportunities for Canadian businesses of all sizes in every part of the country. The agreement will bring unprecedented access to 500 million consumers across the EU’s 28 member states, representing annual economic activity of almost $17 trillion. A joint Canada-EU study concluded that the benefits of this agreement will be equivalent to creating almost 80,000 new jobs or increasing the average Canadian household’s annual income by $1,000.

“As a result of these being the most open, transparent and collaborative trade negotiations in our history, Canadians know clearly what is in this agreement,” added Minister Fast. “That’s why it has been supported by provinces and territories, key municipal leaders and stakeholders from key economic sectors in Canada. As part of our focus on what matters to Canadians, we’ll continue to show workers and families how this historic agreement will contribute to their financial security and long-term prosperity.”

This week, ministers, members of Parliament and beneficiary stakeholders will continue holding benefits-promotion events that show how this historic agreement will benefit local communities across the country. A backgrounder follows outlining the many promotional events that government representatives, along with interested stakeholders, have been undertaking to connect directly with Canadians since this historic agreement-in-principle was announced.

For details of the cross-Canada blitz, please visit Media Room: Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

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Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332
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Backgrounder - Cross-Country Benefits Promotion

An agreement-in-principle for this historic deal was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on October 18, 2013. Since then, federal Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament and interested stakeholders have been engaged in a cross-country blitz of every region of Canada to promote the benefits and highlight the opportunities created by the Canada-European Union trade agreement for employers, workers and families.

Benefits for Canadians in Photos

November 8, 2013 - Minister Shea Highlights Benefits to Fisheries of Canada-EU Trade Agreement in New Brunswick

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at a round table in Moncton, New Brunswick

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November 7, 2013 - Ministers Fast and Ambrose Hear from Patient Groups on Benefits of Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Ottawa, Ontario

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November 4, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Pork Industry of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

Minister Fast and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), L’Épicerie J.A. Moisan, City of Québec, Quebec

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November 4, 2013 - Minister Moore Highlights Widespread Manufacturing Benefits of Historic Canada–EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, and Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, Ontario

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October 31, 2013 - Canada’s Pro-Trade Plan Contributes to Global Energy Security

Minister Fast, Toronto Global Forum, Toronto, Ontario

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October 31, 2013 - Minister Goodyear Highlights Historic Trade Agreement with the European Union in Kitchener

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), Miovision Technologies Inc., Kitchener, Ontario

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October 30, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Agricultural Benefits of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement to Saskatchewan Workers and Businesses

The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and regional minister for Saskatchewan, Loblaws distribution facility, Regina, Saskatchewan

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October 30, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Manufacturing Benefits of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement to Ontario Workers and Businesses

Minister Fast, Armo Tool Limited, London, Ontario

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October 28, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Southwestern Ontario of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Ontario Potato Distribution (Alliston) Inc., Alliston, Ontario

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Alberta of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, Harmony Beef, Calgary, Alberta

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The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, SandyView Farms and Lewis Farms, Edmonton, Alberta

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to British Columbia of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

Minister Fast and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and minister responsible for British Columbia, Port of Vancouver, British Columbia

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to New Brunswick of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and regional minister for New Brunswick, Fredericton International Airport, Lincoln, New Brunswick

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Manitoba of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Winnipeg International Airport, Manitoba

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), Winnipeg International Airport, Manitoba

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Southwestern Ontario of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and regional minister for Southwestern Ontario, Canada’s Technology Triangle, Kitchener, Ontario

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October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Nova Scotia of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and regional minister for Nova Scotia, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia

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October 25, 2013 - Baird Highlights How Canada-European Union Trade Agreement Will Benefit Ottawa’s Vibrant Technology Sector

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Wesley Clover, Ottawa, Ontario

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October 24, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Quebec of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

Minister Fast and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Port of Montréal, Quebec

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October 23, 2013 - Minister Fast Meets With Nova Scotia’s Newly Appointed Minister of Economic and Rural Development

Minister Fast and Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Innovation Corporation Act, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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October 22, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement Will Bring to Canada

Minister Fast, IE Canada, Mississauga, Ontario

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October 21, 2013 - Harper Government Set to Launch Cross-Country Benefits Blitz

Minister Fast, Minister Baird and Minister of State Bernier, Ottawa, Ontario

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Other events of note

November 8, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Agricultural Industry of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), SaskPork, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

November 4, 2013 - Minister Oliver Highlights Benefits of Canada-European Union Trade Agreement to Ontario
The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario

October 29, 2013 - Minister Fast Highlights Widespread Benefits of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement to Canadian Workers and Businesses
Minister Fast, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa, Ontario

October 28, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Saskatchewan of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
Minister Ritz, North Saskatoon Business Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

October 28, 2013 - Minister James Moore Highlights Benefits for Kamloops of Historic Canada-European Union Trade Agreement
Minister Moore, British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association, Kamloops, British Columbia

October 28, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Ontario of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), Manotick Business Improvement Area, Manotick, Ontario

October 26, 2013 - Harper Government Meets with Industry Leaders to Discuss Benefits to Nova Scotia of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
Minister MacKay, round tables in Truro and Stellarton, Nova Scotia

October 25, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Saskatchewan of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
Minister Ritz, Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan

October 24, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Prince Edward Island of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
Minister Shea, Farm Centre, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

October 23, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Quebec of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Laval University, Québec, Quebec

October 23, 2013 - Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits to Nova Scotia of Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement
Minister Fast, Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia