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Ottawa, January 10, 2016—At this delicate time in Canada’s relationships with its main trading partners, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes the appointment of new cabinet ministers who will help secure and further develop international commercial relations.

“The nomination of the duo made up of Chrystia Freeland as Minister of Foreign Affairs and François-Philippe Champagne as Minister of International Trade, two of the cabinet’s most prominent international roles, sends a clear message to our neighbours and economic partners that Canada is ready and willing to take on a leadership role in international issues, especially trade,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “As a former international business lawyer, Mr. Champagne will have the necessary experience to take the important projects advanced by Ms. Freeland and bring them to the finish line, especially in the case of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA, between Canada and the European Union,” continued Mr. Beatty.

Ms. Freeland has already proven herself to be a distinguished representative of Canada, and her vast experience means that she won't be intimidated by any foreign government. “It is a tall order, but we’ve seen how capable Chrystia Freeland is with all that she accomplished in International Trade, so I have every reason to believe she’ll be excellent in this role,” said Mr. Beatty.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce also welcomes the nomination of Ahmed Hussen as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and of Patty Hajdu as Minister of Labour, and looks forward to working closely with them on the many files that will affect Canadian business.

With this shuffle, Mr. Trudeau is giving himself the team he needs to position Canada as a global leader in business, social issues and climate change. 

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom

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Contact:

Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca