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International relations 

Now that the elections have passed, our new government is focusing on international relations. In fact, Prime Minister Trudeau will attend the G20 and APEC meetings later this month. There’s no shortage of things to do at home, but if Mr. Trudeau wants Canada to take a more active role abroad, it’s hard to think of a better time to get started. But, he won’t be alone.

I’ll be in Berlin, Germany to advocate for the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA), in Antalya, Turkey for the G20 and in Manila, Philippines for the APEC CEO Summit. While abroad, I’ll make sure the voice of Canadian business is heard. Our members have a number of priorities they have developed in cooperation with their counterparts around the world, and I’ll ensure these priorities are part of the discussion.

The priority during the first part of the trip will be to showcase the positive aspects of CETA to our German partners, especially on the issue of investor state dispute settlement. CETA is a positive agreement that will allow Canada to tap into the European market as a whole, rather than having to pursue individual trade agreements.

The meetings and events in Antalya and Manila will allow me to pursue key policy priorities and engage with members who are active internationally. I also hope to have the chance to meet with officials representing our new government to share our priorities.

Canada can’t win in new markets if all we do is pursue narrow commercial objectives. Our partner countries expect we’ll make meaningful contributions to the conversation and come up with solutions to the growing number of problems that spill across national borders.

Neither our businesses nor our government can do this alone. Our profile abroad and our prosperity at home depends on us working together to shape global and regional developments.

You can follow my trip here on our blog or on Twitter at @CdnChamberofCom or at @PerrinBeatty. Join in the conversation with #ChamberIntl.

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