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Aug 27, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
online polls or sending me an e-mail. This website is here for you, so
please share your thoughts and ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Federal Government Highlights Canada’s Most Ambitious Pro-trade Plan in History
Apr 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Minister Fast also announces federal contribution to Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

April 23, 2014 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today addressed members of the North Saskatoon Business Association and highlighted the government’s pro-trade plan to support Canadian workers and businesses in achieving continued success, economic growth and prosperity in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Minister Fast was accompanied by Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, and Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar.

Minister Fast highlighted the recently announced free trade agreement with South Korea and the agreement-in-principle with the European Union, underlining the job-creating benefits both will bring to Canadians, including residents of Saskatchewan. He reminded the audience that one in five Canadian jobs is linked to exports and that is why Canada is embarking on the most ambitious trade expansion plan in its history. Since 2006, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with no less than 38 countries, bringing the total to 43.

The Minister highlighted how, under the Global Markets Action Plan, the government is focusing on sectors and markets that offer the greatest opportunity for growth, by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises as they expand into new markets through vigorous and continual trade promotion, supported by an ambitious trade policy.

Minister Fast also took the opportunity to announce an $18,700 contribution to the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and a $34,500 contribution to the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. The contributions are from the Invest Canada-Community Initiatives program, which helps local communities attract, retain and expand job-creating foreign direct investment.

Quick Facts

  • The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement—Canada’s first free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region—will provide Canadian businesses and workers with new access to South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy with an annual GDP of $1.1 trillion and a population of 50 million.
  • The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement is projected to create thousands of jobs for hard-working Canadians by increasing Canadian exports to South Korea by 32 percent and boosting Canada’s economy by $1.7 billion a year.
  • The European Union, with its 28 member states, 500 million people and annual economic activity of almost $17 trillion, is the world’s largest economy.
  • A joint Canada-EU study that supported the launch of negotiations toward the agreement-in-principle concluded that a trade agreement could boost Canada’s income by $12 billion annually and bilateral trade by 20 percent. Put another way, this is the economic equivalent of adding $1,000 to the average Canadian family’s annual income or almost 80,000 new jobs to the Canadian economy.

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CBSA launches new forecasted border wait times tool
Apr 17, 2014 at 02:18 PM

As the warmer weather approaches, so do higher traveller volumes at Canada’s borders. This Easter weekend is no exception, and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is introducing a new feature on its Web site to help travellers prepare for potentially longer border wait times (BWT) this holiday weekend.

The CBSA is now offering forecasted BWT for its 26 busiest ports of entry. These forecasted times are based on a statistical analysis of past traffic volumes and BWTs for regular travel days and busier times, such as statutory holidays. This new tool provides an overall indication of wait times at specific ports of entry and complements several existing resources including, current wait times, to help travellers plan their border crossing before even leaving home. The CBSA is constantly working to increase efficiency and reduce congestion at the border, and this initiative supports the CBSA’s commitment to service, facilitation and border modernization.

Quick Facts

The forecasted border wait time tool provides historical wait times for the 26 busiest ports of entry.
Over 100 million travellers were processed by the CBSA last year.
Current wait times at the border, updated hourly, continue to be available through Twitter at BWT_CBSA and on the CBSA Web site. You can also subscribe to our CBSA E-mail Border Alert Service notifying subscribers when an unexpected event causes a significant disruption to normal border services and once the operations resume to normal.
Travellers can also consult the Directory of CBSA Offices that features a list of all designated CBSA offices, service locations and hours of operation across Canada.

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Statement from Rick Dykstra on the passing of Jim Flaherty - Book of Condolences - State Funeral
Apr 10, 2014 at 02:37 PM

St. Catharines – I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jim Flaherty earlier today.  Jim and I were close friends for many years, starting from when we worked together at Queen’s Park and then I got to know him very well when I was Communications Director for his second provincial leadership campaign.  In my view, Jim was the best Finance Minister this country has ever had, but more than that, he was a good friend and a man who loved his family.  Kathy and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Christine Elliot and sons John, Galen and Quinn.


State Funeral

The state funeral for former finance minister Jim Flaherty begins at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, at the historic St. James’ Cathedral located at 65 Church St. in downtown Toronto.

Watch LIVE coverage of the state funeral for Jim Flaherty on CTVNews.ca, CTV News GO and CTV News Channel starting at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


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