On Thursday, Peter Van Loan, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, introduced legislation to implement the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement. He also highlighted Canada’s leading position in the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Index.
This year, our Conservative Government has been committed to Canada’s recovery. We’re helping create jobs, and secure future economic growth and prosperity. Today, we’re following through on a commitment we made in the Speech from the Throne by introducing legislation to implement a free trade agreement with Panama, one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
This builds on our Government’s ambitious free trade agenda that has helped bring work to Canadian businesses. We’ve concluded new free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru, Jordan, Panama and the European Free Trade Association. Not only that, we’ve launched discussions with two of the world’s largest economies: the European Union and India.
Canadians can be proud of our economic accomplishments as in this year’s Economic Freedom of the World Index, Canada maintained its position as one of the leading nations in opening new markets for businesses and workers to compete in by promoting free trade.
As evident at our G-8 and G-20 Summits this year, our Government’s message is clear: we oppose protectionism and will defend free trade on the world stage.
Conservatives know that Canadian businesses and workers can compete with the best in the world. We can feel confident that our Conservative Government will help create jobs and fortify our economic recovery by continuing to pursue new markets and open doors for Canadian businesses.