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View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
And thank you, Minister, and your officials, for joining us today.
I'd like to ask you about negotiations toward a Canada-Japan economic partnership agreement.
I have three questions on this. First, has Canada proposed to host the next round of negotiations? Second, has Japan agreed to our proposal? And third, if not, why not?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I wonder if you can address the question. I appreciate that.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Let's go to the broader trade with Asia. The Conference Board of Canada says that our country makes up only 1% of all global exports to Asia, that we're the 23rd largest exporter to Asia. In fact, we've fallen from 16th to 23rd. Our previous high was 16th. Also, between 2013 and 2014 the value of our exports to China dropped by 5%. The question I guess is, in light of this shrinking market share, are you considering any new approaches to increase Canada's share of the export market in Asia, and particularly in China?
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I wanted to start with Ms. Pohlmann.
I was interested both in the data you assembled and in your comment about the need for data. What could the Government of Canada do to collect better data and how would that be useful?
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
I see Ms. Nott and Mr. Turi nodding violently as you're speaking and I saw that when you made your presentation.
Do either of you have anything to add? Any kind of specific recommendation you could make on how the government could collect data better would be useful to us because we can put it in our report.
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Ms. Nott, you may be a statistician, but I think you are a logistician, which I thought was very impressive.
Mr. Turi, do you have anything to add to that?
View Chrystia Freeland Profile
Lib. (ON)
Those answers are really fascinating, because the other area I wanted to ask you about is global value chains, global supply chains, and how we're doing at fitting in.
There's an interesting new report, which I'm sure you've seen, from the Institute for Research on Public Policy by Ari Van Assche, specifically about Canadian companies in global value chains. The argument made in this article is that we are not doing a good enough job promoting the kinds of exports that fit into the global value chains and that we need, when we think about export policy, to really understand that it's not only about us making stuff here and sending it somewhere else, but also about being embedded in global supply chains.
My question, to whoever is passionate about this, is this. Do you agree, and what can we do about it?
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-04-29 16:15
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Hicks, go ahead and finish answering that question on Buy American first, before I start.
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-04-29 16:17
Just to add to that, if I could, Mr. Chair, as you know this is not my regular committee. I am the critic for Public Safety and National Security, but I have travelled to a lot of border points over the last 18 months, and that is one of the complaints that you get. I think you said “sensitivity training”.
I say a little common sense would go a long way—
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-04-29 16:17
—at some of those border places in understanding the needs of business, the need to move quickly, and so on.
It's not the purview of this committee, but it may be something the committee wants to consider a recommendation on, Mr. Chair.
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-04-29 16:18
I want to thank all of the witnesses for coming.
I'd like to start with you, Mr. McKay. You said, and I think you are correct, that the web is a great equalizer. I'm from P.E.I., and we like to think that you can do anything over broadband in P.E.I. that can be done anywhere else in the country—except we've got a little snow at the moment.
You mentioned as well that small businesses are not utilizing websites. Can anything be done from a government perspective, either provincial or federal, to assist in that regard, because I think young people especially are there. People my age may not be.
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Wayne Easter Profile
2015-04-29 16:20
It's the best food you can get anywhere.
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