Minister Champagne to Highlight Benefits of Trade Diversification in Cross-Canada Tour
Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne will travel to Calgary and Regina from February 19 to 23 to promote the opportunities offered by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Mercosur trade agreement comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Canada said in a release that it is committed to pursuing new initiatives to further diversify trade opportunities that expand markets and enable more people, particularly women, Indigenous peoples, youth and MSMEs, to share in the resulting benefits. To help promote the benefits of trade for Canada's middle class, Champagne will speak directly with Canadians during a cross-country tour called #TradeTalks. On February 23, Champagne will be in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to participate in a round table discussion with key provincial industry stakeholders to discuss the benefits offered by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the opportunities Mercosur could represent to Canadians.