Quebec to Benefit from Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement

Photo (left to right): David Boissonneault, President, Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec [Quebec pork producers federation]; Audrey Azoulay, Director, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations, Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec [manufacturers and exporters of Quebec]; Minister Blaney; Sâadia Lakehal, Director General, Association pour le développement et l’innovation en chimie au Québec [association for chemical development and innovation in Quebec]; Martine Hébert, Vice-President, Quebec, and National French Spokesperson, Canadian Federation of Independent Business; Minister Fast; Francois-William Simard, Director of Strategic and Economic Affairs, Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec [federation of Quebec chambers of commerce]; Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montreal Port Authority; Norma Kozhaya, Director of Research and Chief Economist, Conseil du Patronat du Québec [Quebec council of employers]; Daniel Caumartin, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bonduelle North America Inc.; Jean Simard, President and General Manager, Aluminum Association of Canada; (not in photo: Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal)

October 24, 2013 - Montréal - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, are joined at an event at the Port of Montréal by many of Quebec’s key business and industry leaders. Key economic sectors throughout Quebec will benefit greatly from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. An agreement-in-principle for this historic deal was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso last week. The EU is already Quebec’s second-largest trading partner and export destination. It is also the world’s largest integrated economy, with more than 500 million consumers and a GDP of $17 trillion.

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