Canada's International Trade Minister pitched to members of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce this week the importance of trading with China and other international markets.
Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, unofficially known as Canada's Chief Marketing Officer, says with the uncertainty of the North America Free Trade Agreement, small and medium businesses need to realize the strength of Asian, European and South American countries when it comes to trade. Champagne noted that 70 per cent of the province's products are exported, and China is the second highest trading partner for Saskatchewan, only behind the United States. Saskatchewan's exports totalled more than 32-billion dollars in 2015. Champange will be in China this weekend with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to promote trade between the two countries. He says it's important to promote a progressive trade agenda, and that Canada is at the forefront of trade and investment, while promoting Canadian values.