Ontario And Quebec Urge Stronger Ties To EU



    Cabinet Ministers Sandra Pupatello And Raymond Bachand Attend Meeting
    With EU Trade Commissioner

    TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Two Canadian provincial cabinet ministers, one from Ontario and one from
Quebec, joined the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT) at a meeting
with European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in Brussels, Belgium
today.
    The meeting demonstrated strong support from Canadian political and
business leaders for the negotiation of a trade agreement between Canada and
the EU.
    CERT Co-Chairs Roy MacLaren and William Emmot presented a declaration in
support of such an agreement signed by 96 prominent business leaders from
Canada and Europe. Quebec cabinet minister Raymond Bachand and Ontario cabinet
minister Sandra Pupatello presented a common position on behalf of the two
Canadian provinces in support of commencing Canada-EU trade negotiations.
    A Canada-EU trade agreement would provide European companies with a
gateway into the vast North American market, while increasing Canadian
opportunities in the European Common Market - boosting transatlantic economic
growth over the medium- to long-term.

    QUOTES

    "There are tremendous opportunities for partnership, collaboration, and
trade between Canada and the member states of the EU. Our modern economies
depend on the removal of barriers that limit international trade and
investment," said Sandra Pupatello
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/about_bio_minister_en.jsp), Ontario's
Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
    "The time has come for a modern trade and investment agreement between
Canada and the European Union to strengthen our relationship and increase
transatlantic trade," said Raymond Bachand
(http://www.assnat.qc.ca/eng/membres/notices/b/bacr1.shtml), Quebec's Minister
of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade.
    "Today's meeting clearly demonstrates the desire of the Canadian and
European business communities, and the political support, to work towards the
creation of a Canada-EU trade agreement bringing benefit for trade in
services, as well as goods, and promoting investment," said Roy MacLaren,
Co-Chair of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The EU is made up of 27 member states, has a population of nearly
        500 million, and a Gross Domestic Product of $16.8 trillion.
    -   The EU is Canada's second largest export market, and second largest
        source of foreign direct investment.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Read about the recent joint declaration by the governments of Ontario and
 Quebec (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=2282) for a
closer economic relationship between Canada and the European Union.
    Find out more about the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business 
(http://www.canada-europe.org/en/index.htm).

    
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For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-0362; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776; Manuela
Goya, Minister Bachand's Office, (418) 691-5650

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