Council of the Federation and Canada-China Business Council Organize Joint China Mission for November

    TORONTO, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Premiers together with the Canada
China Business Council (CCBC) announced today that they are planning a joint
mission to China during the week of November 3, 2008. The mission will visit
Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai and will include Canadian businesses and
delegations from at least five jurisdictions.
    "CCBC expects participation from a broad range of businesses. We have the
support of China's most senior political leaders, and we anticipate a highly
successful mission coinciding with CCBC's 30th anniversary," said CCBC
President Hon. Sergio Marchi.
    The joint mission will explore business opportunities in both the
established coastal regions of China, as well as the emerging inland port city
of Chongqing in western China.
    "With so many Canadian provinces and territories stepping up their trade
and investment efforts with China, it makes sense to organize a joint trip for
Premiers and their business delegations, allowing Canada to gain more
attention in this competitive market," said Québec Premier Jean Charest, who
will take over as Chair of the Council of the Federation on July 17.

    The Council of the Federation comprises all thirteen provincial and
territorial Premiers. The Council enables Premiers to work collaboratively to
strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship
among the provinces and territories, and with the federal government.

    CCBC is the leading enabler for enhanced bilateral trade and investment
between Canada and China. It builds better business results for its members
and Canada through its work as a trade and investment catalyst, facilitator
and advocate. Over its 30-year history, CCBC has developed unique
relationships that open doors directly to China and Canada's most influential
government and business leaders. CCBC has offices in Toronto, Vancouver,
Beijing and Shanghai.

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Victor Hayes, Director of
Public Affairs, Canada China Business Council, (416) 954-3805 (office), (416)
994-0535 (mobile),; Hugo D'Amours, Press Secretary, Office of
the Premier of Québec, (418) 643-5321 (office),;
Loretta O'Connor, Executive Director, Council of the Federation Secretariat,
(613) 563-4066 (office),

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