VANCOUVER, July 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta—Richmond East, hosted a roundtable discussion in Vancouver today with Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) partners.
The event presented an opportunity for the ministers to meet with leading members of the transportation and logistics community to discuss trends and emerging opportunities for Canada's transportation system, as well as challenges to be addressed, particularly in Western Canada. Feedback from business stakeholders on trade and transportation is an important component in the ongoing work carried out by all levels of government and the private sector to strengthen Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway.
- Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway is a seamless network of sea and airports, rail and roadways and border crossings that reaches across Western Canada.
- The APGCI aims to make Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia.
- To date, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $1.4 billion in APGCI infrastructure projects, in partnership with all four western provinces, municipalities and the private sector, for a total project value of approximately $3.5 billion.
"A safe, strong and efficient transportation sector is essential for Canada's future economic growth. The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative is key to opening new markets for Canadian exports, creating more jobs for Canadians."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
"Our government is committed to working with partners in the public and private sectors to facilitate trade, and create jobs, prosperity and growth in our region and across the country. As the MP for Delta—Richmond East, I am proud that our community supports so many different aspects of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative."
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C.
Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta—Richmond East
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Jana Régimbal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055