The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism).
“Our Government continues to play a leadership role in helping the global economy move towards long term sustainable growth, which translates into jobs for Canadians," said the Prime Minister. “The Conférence de Montréal is an excellent forum for the world’s various economic and political leaders to develop the partnerships and strategies necessary to tackle the challenges of the economy and increase global trade and investment.”
The 18th annual Conférence of Montréal brings together delegations from 24 countries, including central bank governors, economists, leaders of industry and senior Government leaders and representatives. Under the theme, A Global Economy in Transition: New Strategies, New Partnerships, participants will have an opportunity to exchange knowledge on how to navigate the current global economic environment, including the European sovereign debt crisis.
The Prime Minister will use the opportunity to highlight the strengths of the Canadian economy, including the fact that since the recession, it has led the G-7 countries in creating the most net new jobs and in GDP growth. The Prime Minister will also highlight Canada’s commitment to trade liberalization, as evidenced by its active pursuit of free trade agreements with over 50 countries, including Japan, the European Union and India.
The Government of Canada is a proud partner of the Conférence de Montréal, and has provided approximately $450,000 in support for this year’s conférence.