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Dec 19, 2014 at 01:14 PM

PM to welcome Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Canada Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Sep 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, will make his first official visit to Canada on September 17, 2014. This visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, with a particular focus on the steps required to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity, as well as ensure its sovereignty in the face of the Putin regime’s illegal occupation of Ukraine’s CrimeaPeninsula and its military aggression in eastern Ukraine. They will also discuss the peace plan announced between Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian separatists on September 5, 2014. President Poroshenko will also address Parliament during his visit.

Since the onset of the crisis, Canada has stood alongside the people of Ukraine and is taking a number of important steps to support the country. These include imposing a broad range of political and economic sanctions, providing support to help Ukraine stabilize its economy and promote economic and social development, and providing non-lethal security assistance and training for members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Canada is committed to contributing to free and fair elections in Ukraine and will send short and long-term observers to the October 26, 2014 Ukraine Parliamentary elections.

Quick Facts

  • Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed close bilateral relations since Canada became the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991. These relations have grown to encompass cooperation in the commercial, political and security spheres.
  • At over 1.2 million strong, the Ukrainian-Canadian community has contributed immensely to enriching the Canadian mosaic. The first Ukrainian immigrants settled in Canada over 120 years ago, and today, we salute the community for their impressive legacy and many achievements made from coast to coast to coast, which have helped ensure our collective prosperity.
  • As a result of the crisis, Canada is also providing over $250 million in support to Ukraine to help promote social and economic reforms, including through loans and loan guarantees. Our Government has also imposed sanctions against over 180 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities who bear responsibility for the crisis. Furthermore, Canada continues to provide training for Ukrainian military and civilian personnel through the Military Training Cooperation Program and has contributed non-lethal security assistance to Ukraine.

“It is a great honour to welcome President Poroshenko to Canada. We remain steadfast in our support for the people of Ukraine and are committed to helping the Government re-build itself into a democratic, independent, and prosperous European country, free from aggressors. Together with allies and partners, Canada stands prepared to apply further political and economic measures against those who continue to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Capital Markets Stability Act - Draft Available for Consultation Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Sep 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Canada Strengthen Their Commitment to the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System

September 8, 2014

The Honourable Michael de Jong, British Columbia’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Gordon Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Troy Lifford, New Brunswick’s Minister of Justice, and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Finance, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement formalizing the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System.  Consultation drafts of uniform provincial capital markets legislation and complementary federal legislation are also being released for public comment.

On September 19, 2013, the Governments of British Columbia, Ontario and Canada announced their agreement in principle to jointly establish a Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System.  Subsequently, on July 9, 2014, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick agreed to join the Cooperative System with the signing of an Amended Agreement in Principle, which ensures a more balanced and inclusive governance structure for all participating jurisdictions.  Today’s announcement builds on those agreements and also renews the invitation to all provinces and territories to participate in the Cooperative System.

The release of the consultation drafts of the proposed provincial and federal legislation marks another important milestone in the transition towards the Cooperative System.  The completion of the consultation draft of the uniform provincial legislation represents a significant achievement in the harmonization of current provincial capital markets legislation.  The consultation draft of the complementary federal legislation, addressing systemic risk in national capital markets, national data collection, and criminal law matters, is responsive to and consistent with the direction provided by the Supreme Court of Canada.  Together, the Memorandum of Agreement and the consultation drafts of proposed provincial and federal legislation demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the parties to work together in a collaborative manner to strengthen and streamline the capital markets regulatory framework.

The implementation of the Cooperative System will continue through a number of phases.  The participating jurisdictions will work to complete draft initial regulations and the means of establishing the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority.  As work continues toward the operationalization of the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority targeted by fall 2015, the participating jurisdictions reiterate their invitation to the governments of other provinces and territories to participate in the Cooperative System, which will better protect investors, support and foster efficiency, and manage systemic risk in national capital markets.

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Sep 10, 2014 at 09:38 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War:

“On September 10th, 1939, nine days after Germany invaded Poland, Canada made its first declaration of war as a sovereign country.

“Though still recovering from the hardship and sacrifices wrought by the First World War and the Great Depression, Canada did not hesitate to stand up for what was right.

“The Canadian contribution to the war effort was remarkable. From a population of just 11 million, over one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in military uniform between 1939 and 1945. By war’s end, our country possessed the fourth-largest air force and the third-largest naval surface fleet in the world.

“In the air, on land and at sea, those young Canadians served with honour and integrity, both at home and abroad. Their resolve and clarity of purpose was evident in hostile skies, on the shores of Dieppe and Normandy, in the mountains of Italy, on the frigid North Atlantic waters, and in the searing Hong Kong sun. From Europe to the Far East, they stood strong, supported by the loved ones they left behind and millions of Canadians diligently working on the home front. Freedom was won, but at a tremendous cost, with more than 45,000 Canadians giving their lives and another 55,000 wounded. 

“Though decades have passed, the effects of the Second World War are still felt in Canada. The courage and sacrifice of those who served must be honoured through meaningful remembrance.

“Today, as we mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War, I ask all Canadians to take time to think about the enormous contributions our Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members have made to the country we enjoy today.

“Lest we forget.”

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Last Updated ( Sep 10, 2014 at 09:40 AM )
Minister Moore reinforces need for open and efficient trade in Canada Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Sep 09, 2014 at 03:34 PM

Strengthening our national economy through free internal trade

Industry Minister James Moore today addressed the Alberta Enterprise Group's Forging Partnerships conference about the Harper Government's commitment to breaking down internal trade barriers that harm the national economy and hurt Canadian businesses, workers and consumers.

During his address, Minister Moore outlined One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada, the federal proposal to update the current Agreement on Internal Trade. It was developed following Minister Moore's recent national dialogue with Canadian businesses, workers and consumers, during which he heard first-hand how these barriers impede trade and deter competition in our national economy.

Minister Moore also met with his counterpart from the Province of Alberta to discuss regional internal trade issues such as credential recognition across provinces, which is an issue for apprentices because training programs are not consistently aligned across all the provinces and territories.

At the Council of the Federation meeting, the premiers agreed to the comprehensive renewal of the Agreement on Internal Trade. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories to reform the Agreement, bringing it in line with the current global economic reality.

Quick facts

  • When the Agreement on Internal Trade came into effect nearly 20 years ago, Canada had concluded trade agreements with only two countries. Today, we have agreements in force or being finalized with 43 countries, giving Canadian businesses preferential access to over 1.1 billion consumers worldwide.
  • One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada outlines two potential paths for federal, provincial and territorial partners to advance a modern internal trade framework: targeted reform that addresses priority areas of concern or a complete redesign of the Agreement on Internal Trade to bring it in line with recent international trade agreements.
  • Nearly 40 percent of Canada's trade occurs within its borders.
  • A request for proposals to create a new Internal Trade Barriers Index was launched on September 5, 2014. As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2014, the index will increase knowledge of the barriers to domestic trade and help governments identify priority areas for action.

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PM of Canada announces the discovery of one of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition Ships lost in 1846 Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Sep 09, 2014 at 01:40 PM

Statement by the Prime minister of Canada announcing the discovery of one of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition Ships lost in 1846

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to announce the discovery of one of the ships belonging to the ill-fated Franklin Expedition which was lost in 1846:

“I am delighted to announce that this year’s Victoria Strait Expedition has solved one of Canada’s greatest mysteries, with the discovery of one of the two ships belonging to the Franklin Expedition lost in 1846.

“Although we do not know yet whether the discovery is Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus or HMS Terror, we do have enough information to confirm its authenticity. This find was confirmed on Sunday, September 7, 2014, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle recently acquired by Parks Canada.

“This is truly a historic moment for Canada. Franklin’s ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expeditions, which took place nearly 200 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

“I would like to congratulate and pay tribute to all partners involved in this year’s momentous Victoria Strait Expedition, including Parks Canada, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF), the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the Royal Canadian Navy and the Government of Nunavut. This discovery would not have been possible without their tireless efforts over the years, as well as their commitment, dedication and the perseverance of the many partners and explorers involved.

“Our Government has been deeply committed to finding HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which were Canada’s only undiscovered national historical site. Since 2008, there have been six major Parks Canada-led searches for the lost Franklin Expedition ships, pain-stakingly covering many hundreds of square kilometres of the Arctic seabed. It is gratifying that the ship’s remains were found during the Government-supported 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition.

“Finding the first vessel will no doubt provide the momentum – or wind in our sails – necessary to locate its sister ship and find out even more about what happened to the Franklin Expedition’s crew.”

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