Minister Garneau participates in the G7 Transport Ministers' Meeting in Japan

KARUIZAWA, Japan, Sept. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada showcased its leadership in automotive research, development and demonstration facilities, as well as in the information and communications technology sector to promote Canadians' interests abroad. This work is part of the Government of Canada's efforts to grow the economy and create jobs for middle class Canadians.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, attended the G7 Transport Ministers' meeting in Karuizawa, Japan, on September 24 and 25, 2016, where the ministers adopted two joint declarations on:

  • the development and widespread use of advanced technology for automobiles and roads; and
  • strategies for new and aging transport infrastructure.

As a leader in promoting consensus in these negotiations, Canada is pleased with the outcome reached by the G7 ministers in supporting the global Market-Based Measure in advance of the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in Montréal later this month to work toward carbon-neutral growth starting in 2020.

Minister Garneau also met with Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Keiichi Ishii, yesterday to discuss potential partnerships. The ministers were pleased with the progress on a technical arrangement on aircraft maintenance, and confirmed their shared intent to implement its terms next year. This would allow some accredited Canadian businesses to provide aeronautical products maintenance in Japan and vice versa. As a result, it will facilitate more investment and business opportunities for both Canada and Japan, which will boost local economies.

In addition, Minister Garneau held meetings with his counterparts from the European Union, Germany and the United Kingdom where he highlighted the tremendous potential of emerging technologies to improve the safety, efficiency, sustainability and accessibility of transportation.

Finally, Minister Garneau took the opportunity to meet with business leaders to advance Canadian interests and reiterate the important role that transportation plays in supporting an efficient and competitive trade environment in Canada and abroad.

"It was a very productive G7 meeting and it allowed me the opportunity to showcase Canada's innovative ressources with my international counterparts. Our progress and collaborative efforts, as highlighted in the G7 Transport Ministers' joint declarations, demonstrates Canada's commitment to working with other major trading countries on important aspects of our transportation system to benefit the day-to-day lives of every Canadian."

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • Minister Garneau joined his colleagues from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union in Karuizawa, Japan.
  • Canada will assume the Presidency of the G7 in 2018.

Associated links

G7 Ministers of Transport's joint statement on the use of advanced technology for automobiles and roads

G7 Ministers of Transport's joint statement on strategies for new and aging transport infrastructure

History and Members of the G7

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-716-7285,; Media Relations, Transport Canada, 613- 993-0055


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