Reminder - Ministers Fast and Baird to Launch Cross-Country Events that Highlight Benefits of Deeper Canada-EU Trade

April 26, 2012 - In a keynote address to the Economic Club of Canada on April 27, 2012, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, will highlight the benefits an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement will bring to workers and businesses in every region of the country.

He will be joined by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

Event: Speech (open to media) and photo opportunity
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 7:45 a.m. ET
Location: National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario

That same day, at events in every province, Harper government ministers and members of Parliament will meet with workers, business leaders and stakeholders to highlight the many benefits an ambitious Canada-EU trade agreement will bring to all regions of Canada across many sectors of the Canadian economy. Below is a complete list of events taking place on Friday, April 27:

  1. (9:30 a.m. NT) The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, will be in St. John’s to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the manufacturing sector.
  2. (9:30 a.m. AT) The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, will be in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the agricultural sector.
  3. (11 a.m. AT) The Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway, will be in Halifax to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the shipping industry.
  4. (11 a.m. AT) The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, will be in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the fish and seafood sector.
  5. (1 p.m. AT) The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), will be in Edmundston, New Brunswick, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the wood and wood products sector.
  6. (10 a.m. ET) Senator Pierre Claude Nolin will be in Montréal to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on shipping and other export-related industries.
  7. (11 a.m. ET) The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), will be in the city of Québec to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the wood and wood products sector and Canada’s world-class pork industry.
  8. (3 p.m. ET) The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, will be in Huntsville, Ontario, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the automotive vehicles and parts sector.
  9. (10:30 a.m. ET) The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, will be in Toronto to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the services sector, including financial services.
  10. (9:30 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, will be in Kitchener, Ontario, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the research and development services sector.
  11. (1 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, will be in London, Ontario, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the advanced manufacturing sector.
  12. (10 a.m. CT) The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, will be in Winnipeg to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the livestock processing industry.
  13. (9 a.m. CT) The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), will be in Saskatoon to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the research and development and high-technology sectors.
  14. (9 a.m. CT) Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, will be in Regina to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the grain, pulse and oilseed industry.
  15. (9:30 a.m. MT) The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), will be in Calgary to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the energy services sector.
  16. (9 a.m. MT) The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade, will be in Spruce Grove, Alberta, to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on Canada’s world-class beef industry.
  17. (10 a.m. PT) The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, will be in Vancouver to highlight the benefits to workers and families who rely on the fish and seafood and renewable energy sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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