Canada Strengthens Asia-Pacific Ties to Create Prosperity for the Middle Class

October 14, 2016 – Lima, Peru – Department of Finance Canada

Canada is one of the first countries to put into practice the notion that when you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. Our ambitious plan to revitalize the economy, spur long-term growth and strengthen the middle class is recognized by international partners as a model for creating growth that allows more people to prosper.

The Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Finance, François-Philippe Champagne, will promote Canada’s people-first approach to growing the economy as he seeks to strengthen Canada’s relationship with the Asia-Pacific region this weekend during the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting. During this meeting, the Parliamentary Secretary will emphasize Canada’s openness to international trade and investment as a means of creating growth and prosperity for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Parliamentary Secretary and APEC Ministers will discuss the economic outlook for the Asia-Pacific region and the measures being taken to boost growth. They will also discuss the importance of investing in infrastructure, promoting more inclusive access to financing, and building greater resilience against risks from natural disasters.


“Canada is committed to making the economy work better for the middle class and those working hard to join it. By engaging internationally with dynamic and fast-growing regions such as APEC, we are demonstrating our openness to the world—to trade and investment that will create greater opportunities and prosperity for all Canadians.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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Marion Pilon-Cousineau
Executive Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary
Office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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