MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, addressed members and stakeholders of the St.
Lawrence Economic Development Council during a conference on the
sustainability and competitiveness of the St. Lawrence - Great Lakes
trade corridor, hosted at the Port of Montreal. The Minister
highlighted the benefits of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and
Trade Agreement (CETA) for the St. Lawrence - Great Lakes region.
"This historic agreement between Canada and the EU will give Canadian
businesses access to a half-billion new customers in Europe," said
Minister Raitt. "And it will create thousands of jobs for Canadians. In
fact, its benefits are equal to creating almost 80,000 new jobs."
Minister Raitt also reiterated Transport Canada's commitment to help
maintain the St. Lawrence - Great Lakes system as a safe, secure,
efficient and environmentally responsible component of Canada's
"Ensuring our transportation network remains sustainable and competitive
is important not only to the livelihood of this region, it's important
to Canada as a whole. That is why we are moving ahead with steps to
strengthen tanker safety and protect our marine environments," added
Minister Raitt. "Additionally, our government has committed over $4
billion to transportation projects in Ontario and Quebec that support
Canada's international trade agenda, and we will continue to look for
ways to maximize the valuable contribution of the St. Lawrence - Great
Lakes system to Canadian trade and tourism."
The St. Lawrence Economic Development Council is a forum for discussion,
consensus-seeking and action for stakeholders whose activities affect
the St. Lawrence economy where cargo and passenger transportation,
regional development and the environment are concerned.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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