Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Canada is a Trading Nation

Location, location, location:
Canadians are in the "sweet spot" as the world comes to grips with fighting protectionism and expanding the trade on a Global level to improve the standard of living at home. We are next door to the largest economy and undisputed military power in the world. We are members of the NAFTA. Canada is in the process of securing a Free Trade Deal with the European Union estimated at $ 12 billion in benefit for Canada.
Canada is also very dependent on exports to the struggling Americans. As a small nation of thirty four million we can not keep our standard of living by turning to our domestic market. Fortunately Conservatives have been active on expanding trade to other countries as noted here, here and here.
Will the federal opposition members of Parliament with the support of our media obsess on the cost of security and insult government and business leaders again through the term "photo-op" for this 72 hour conference?
Snapshot of American leadership
Nik Nanos Poll in midst of Global Recession March 2010.
We are a relatively small country in population with some of the largest deposits of resources in demand by the global economy. Canada has been active since 2006 in expanding trade and having provinces begin to dismantle their barriers to internal trade. In 2009 the Premiers rallied behind our PM in negotiating the buy America clause passed in the United States. The opposition spent months rallying and complaining that Canada was not immune to protectionism from our largest trading partner. The NDP were advising Canada should follow the American model and implement their own local buy Canada policy.
Nik Nanos May 2010: Trust, Competence, Vision
Canadians when polled regularly find the best policies geared to helping families, lead the economy is Canada's party: The Conservative Party of Canada.  Trust in the opposition from the majority of Canadians has not materialized. The coalition of losers will not be rewarded at the ballot box when a General Election is called. You can take that to the bank!
Business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region will urge APEC Economic Leaders to take decisive action towards creating a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) when they meet later this week. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will ask APEC Leaders to reach a decision on the most effective pathways to delivering FTAAP, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or an Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) framework, including the ASEAN+3 and ASEAN+6. ABAC, comprised of business leaders from APEC's 21 economies, held its final meeting for the year, in the Japanese city of Yokohama, ahead of a dialogue with APEC Leaders on Saturday when they will highlight the priority issues for businesses in the region.  - Business leaders ABAC

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