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Photos from First Week Back in the House

Posted on February 1, 2016

Excited to be back in Parliament!

 

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Great conversation about trade and TPP with visiting MPs from New Zealand.

 

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Meeting with Canadian union leaders to discuss the TPP.

 

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Admiring a photo of the signing of our 1973 trade agreement with China.

 

Chinese relations

Delighted to be joined by Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Luo Zhaohui, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations.

Open Letter to Canadians on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted on January 26, 2016

January 25, 2016

As Canada’s newly appointed Minister of International Trade, I have spent the last two months talking to Canadians about our potential participation in the Trans‑Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. After attending public town halls, participating in over 70 meetings and round tables, and receiving feedback from thousands of Canadians who have written to me, it is clear that many feel the TPP presents significant opportunities, while others have concerns.

Many Canadians still have not made up their minds and many more still have questions. That is why our consultations with the provinces, municipal officials, students, labour leaders and members, business representatives, academic experts, and others are just the beginning of the examination needed to fully understand the TPP’s impact.

As Parliament returns this week, I will work with my colleagues from all parties to conduct a full and open debate in Parliament, a commitment we made in October’s election. Further, I have written to the Government and Opposition House Leaders as well as the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to convey my strong belief in the merits of a robust and transparent examination of the TPP. In particular, this should include extensive, non‑partisan consideration, analysis, and testimony from all regions, sectors, and backgrounds. Most importantly, this process will be fully public.

For Parliament to fully evaluate the merits of the TPP and for consultations to continue, Canada needs to stay at the table with the other TPP countries. That means when the eleven other countries convene to sign the Agreement next week, Canada will attend as well. Not attending would mean withdrawing from the TPP altogether, even before Canadians have had an opportunity to fully debate its implications.

Just as it is too soon to endorse the TPP, it is also too soon to close the door.

Signing does not equal ratifying. Only a majority vote in our Parliament can allow the Agreement to take force. Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made. All other countries will follow the same process, and each has up to two years to consider ratification before making a final determination. In addition, it is important to note that signing next week preserves Canada’s status as a potential full partner in the Agreement, with all of the rights and powers that go with it.

Throughout this process, our government’s guiding principle is that strengthening Canada’s trade performance is one of the ways we will work to strengthen our middle class and support high‑wage jobs. Canada is a trading nation. As our government has made clear, we want to expand economic opportunities for all Canadians, and trade with our Asia‑Pacific partners is key to making that happen.

These are goals I am confident we all share—and I look forward to continuing our dialogue as we focus on enhancing opportunity and prosperity for all Canadians.

 

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P.

 

For more information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, visit: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/tpp-ptp/index.aspx?lang=eng

Photos from the Davos World Economic Forum

Posted on January 22, 2016
Pleased to join Prime Minister Trudeau for a discussion with George Soros about Canada and the global economy.

Pleased to join Prime Minister Trudeau for a discussion with George Soros about Canada and the global economy.

 

With my Canadian colleagues, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Minister Navdeep Bains, Minister Catherine Mckenna and Minister Bill Morneau.

With my Canadian colleagues, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Minister Navdeep Bains, Minister Catherine Mckenna and Minister Bill Morneau.

 

Delighted to speak on a panel discussion about Ukraine and the world.

Delighted to speak on a panel discussion about Ukraine and the world.

 

Great meeting with the amazing Susan Wojcicki of YouTube (who also happens to be my former college roommate).

Great meeting with the amazing Susan Wojcicki of YouTube (who also happens to be my former college roommate).

 

Pleased to lead a panel on cross-border investing.

Pleased to lead a panel on cross-border investing.

 

Speaking about the importance of public and private investments in development projects.

Speaking about the importance of public and private investments in development projects.

 

Proud to be in the company of fine Canadian women, Minister Mckenna and the BBC's Lyse Doucet.

Proud to be in the company of fine Canadian women, Minister Mckenna and the BBC’s Lyse Doucet.

 

Important conversation on working together to create conditions for sustainable growth.

Important conversation on working together to create conditions for sustainable growth.

 

Great debate on the politics of income inequality.

Great debate on the politics of income inequality.

 

Great to see Kyiv mayor and my friend, Vitali Klitchsko.

Great to see Kyiv mayor and my friend, Vitali Klitchsko.

 

Exchanging ideas with global entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson.

Exchanging ideas with global entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson.

 

Pleased to chat with Tom Jenkins about promoting trade opportunities and helping Canadian companies compete globally.

Pleased to chat with Tom Jenkins about promoting trade opportunities and helping Canadian companies compete globally.

 

With Ukraine’s Trade and Economic Development Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius.

Delighted to discuss Canada-Ukraine relations with Ukraine’s Trade and Economic Development Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius.

 

 

 

TPP Discussions with Universities

Posted on January 17, 2016

   

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Support for the Centre for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies

Posted on January 16, 2016

This past week, our government was pleased to announce that the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) will receive $20 million – under the Advanced […]

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Follow up – Refugee Town Hall

Posted on January 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our refugee town hall in December! As promised, the follow-up document discussed during the meeting is now available If you […]

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Trade Consultations in Western Canada

Posted on January 13, 2016

                   

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Trade Consultations

Posted on January 8, 2016

     

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CanExport Announcement

Posted on January 6, 2016

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being in Kitchener to announce CanExport, a new program that will provide $50 million to help small and medium-sized enterprises […]

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Boxing Day at Good Shepherd

Posted on December 26, 2015

My daughters & I were grateful to join the clergy, staff & volunteers at the Good Shepherd to serve Boxing Day lunch to people in need. […]

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