Ottawa, September 25, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today highlighted the Harper Government’s commitment to increasing Canadian exports and creating the conditions necessary for businesses to better compete on a global scale.
Speaking at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives’ conference “Canada in the Pacific Century,” the Minister said, “Our country’s long-term prosperity is linked to reaching beyond our borders for economic opportunities that serve to grow Canada’s exports and investment. Deepening our relationships in large and fast-growing export markets around the world is a key part of keeping Canada strong and growing.”
The Minister noted that open trade has long been a powerful engine for strengthening the economy and that the Harper Government has already made Canada one of the most open and globally engaged economies in the world.
He added that such key initiatives as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, and the recently launched Canada-Japan Economic Partnership agreement will significantly help businesses to enter and grow in new markets, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Minister also issued a challenge to the private sector. “Our Government continues to create the right conditions to enable Canadians and Canadian businesses to feel confident to invest, to create jobs, to participate in the global marketplace and to grow our economy. But ultimately, it is up to the private sector to take advantage of all of these strengths. Together we can—and will—keep Canada strong and prosperous,” he concluded.
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