Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris will be accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a bilateral trade mission to London, United Kingdom (U.K.) from September 2 to 3, 2014.
Maguire said, "Canada has excellent long-standing bilateral relations with the U.K. and I am honoured to have been asked to go on this trade mission. The Canada-European Union Trade Agreement is vital to our region and I will continue to work hard and get results for Brandon-Souris."
In May, Maguire invited Erin O'Toole, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade to southwestern Manitoba to speak about the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA). During his visit O'Toole met with agricultural and business leaders and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. He and Maguire were also on 880 CKLQ's Feedback program to highlight the details and answer questions from constituents.
CETA is by far Canada's most ambitious and comprehensive trade initiative. It will guarantee access to more than 500 million new customers.
Manitobans stand to benefit significantly from this preferred access to the EU market. The EU is Manitoba's fourth-largest export destination and third-largest trading partner. When CETA comes into force, it will eliminate tariffs on nearly all of Manitoba's key exports and provide access to new market opportunities in the EU. There will also be improved conditions for exporters - provisions that ease regulatory barriers, reinforce intellectual property rights and ensure more transparent rules for market access.