Harper Government Focused on Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Canadians

Ministers, MPs and other government officials conclude a cross-Canada blitz meeting with hard-working Canadians on the benefits of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 21, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Harper government today concluded a two-week blitz across the country, meeting with hard-working Canadians, businesses and other stakeholders to see first-hand how the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will benefit Canadian workers and their families in every region of Canada. On March 11, 2014, in Seoul, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea announced the conclusion of negotiations on this landmark agreement.

The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement is projected to boost Canada’s economy by $1.7 billion and increase Canadian exports to South Korea by 32 percent. It is also Canada’s first free trade agreement with an Asian country and will serve as a gateway for Canadian businesses into the Asia-Pacific region.

In all, over 20 events took place across the country following the Prime Minister’s question-and-answer session with the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce on March 12, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • South Korea is an important economic partner for Canada, with an economy of $1.1 trillion and a population of 50 million.
  • On the day the agreement comes into force, South Korea will remove duties on 81.9 percent of tariff lines.
  • As average South Korean tariffs on imported goods are three times higher than Canada’s (13.3 percent vs. 4.3 percent), tariff elimination will be particularly advantageous for Canadian businesses exporting to South Korea.
  • Canadian businesses will benefit from the same access to the South Korean market as their competitors, notably those from the United States and the European Union.

Quotes

“The Harper government is focused on the real priorities of Canadians—creating jobs and opportunities for hard-working Canadians and businesses in every region of our country. Expanding trade in the Asia-Pacific region is part of our government’s pro-trade plan—the most ambitious in Canada’s history. The conclusion of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement delivers on our commitment to promoting trade. Whether you are a fisherman in Atlantic Canada or British Columbia, work in advanced manufacturing in Ontario or Quebec or in agriculture and agri-food in the Prairies, or in forestry in British Columbia, you will benefit from this landmark agreement.”

- Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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Backgrounder - Cross-Country Benefits Promotion

On March 11, 2014, in Seoul, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea announced the conclusion of negotiations on the landmark Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Since then, federal ministers, members of Parliament and other government officials have been meeting with hard-working Canadians in a cross-country blitz in every region of Canada to see first-hand the benefits and opportunities created by this agreement for employers, workers and families.

Benefits for Canadians in Photos

March 20, 2014 - Federal and B.C. Governments Highlight Benefits to British Columbia of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Teresa Wat, British Columbia’s Minister of International Trade and the Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, at Viceroy Homes in Richmond, British Columbia.

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March 20, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Newfoundland and Labrador of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Senator Norman Doyle, along with Senator David Wells, at the St. John’s Port Authority in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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March 19, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Ontario of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, tours Viceroy Homes in Port Hope, Ontario.

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March 18, 2014 - Ontario Businesses and Workers Ready to Benefit from the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, tour the Laker Energy Products company in Burlington, Ontario.

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March 18, 2014 - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Blitz Continues

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, tours Baylis Medical Company in Cooksville, Ontario.

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March 18, 2014 - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Blitz Continues

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, tours Dock Edge Inc. in Woodbridge, Ontario.

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March 18, 2014 - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Blitz Continues

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, at the Pickering City Council Chambers in Pickering, Ontario.

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March 18, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Southwestern Ontario of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and regional minister for southwestern Ontario, and Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, visit Conestoga Meat Packers in Breslau, Ontario.

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March 14, 2014 – Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement to Benefit British Columbia’s Wine Producers

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, visit the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

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March 14, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to British Columbia of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, meet with the members of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Kelowna, British-Columbia.

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March 14, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to New Brunswick of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Rob Moore, regional minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, at the Port of Saint John in New Brunswick.

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March 14, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Alberta of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, regional minister for northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, at Lewis Farms in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

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March 14, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Canada-South Korea People-to-People Ties as Cornerstone of Economic Growth

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, at the Korean Canadian Cultural Association in Toronto, Ontario.

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March 13, 2014 - Harper Government Launches Cross-Country Benefits Blitz

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, at the London Chamber of Commerce, London, Ontario.

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March 13, 2014 - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement to Benefit Ontario Manufacturing Sector

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, tours Trudell Medical International in London, Ontario.

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Other events of note

March 19, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Alberta of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, with members of the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

March 18, 2014 - Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Blitz Continues

Ministers and other members of Parliament continued to meet with workers and business representatives across the country.

March 14, 2014 - Harper Government Highlights Benefits to Saskatchewan of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.