International Trade Minister Highlights Pro-Trade Plan in Vancouver


March 22, 2013 - Vancouver - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, during a visit to Canada Place, highlights the ways Economic Action Plan 2013 will benefit workers and families in British Columbia and across Canada.

“Canada’s long-term prosperity requires us to continue to diversify our trading relationships and establish new, permanent links to large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world,” said Minister Fast. “As part of the most ambitious trade expansion plan our country has ever seen, we will continue to facilitate trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative and by working with partners at Port Metro Vancouver.”

Port Metro Vancouver is now the most diversified port in North America, processing $75-billion worth of goods moving between more than 130 trading economies each year.

The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor’s Geographic Advantage

Canada is geographically positioned to prosper as the crossroads between North America and growing Asian economies, such as China, India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor (APGC) offers world-class marine, rail, road and air infrastructure closer to Asia than any of the APGC’s North American competitors.

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For further information, media representatives may 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
rudy.husny@international.gc.ca

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