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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
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Prime Minister Stephen Harper Reiterates Canada's Commitment to Nuclear Security
Mar 25, 2014 at 02:09 PM

The Hague, Netherlands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support to initiatives that will improve international nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The announcement was made on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 24 to 25, 2014.

Support through Canada’s Global Partnership Program (GPP) will facilitate projects that will enhance the physical security of nuclear facilities and radioactive sources, and combat illicit trafficking in countries in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Select projects will be delivered in partnership with the IAEA and the Canadian nuclear industry.

Delivering on a commitment made at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Harper also announced the ratification of two conventions that will improve nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism: the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Also announced was a joint commitment by Canada and Korea on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540, which focuses on counter-proliferation efforts and enhancing the security of nuclear materials worldwide. To date, more than 30 countries have reaffirmed their shared commitment to concrete initiatives in support of the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540.

Finally, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will host an IAEA International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission by the end of 2015. IPPAS is a peer review mechanism involving expert examination of a country’s nuclear security system.

Quick Facts

  • Canada is a leader in international efforts to combat nuclear terrorism, having invested millions on programming related to nuclear and radiological security since the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea.
  • Established in 2002, Canada’s GPP is the main mechanism through which Canada supports international efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and terrorism.
  • At the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the renewal of Canada’s GPP, building on past initiatives to enhance global WMD security.
  • Canada and Korea continue to be strong advocates for the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540. Canada’s first report was submitted to the 1540 Committee in 2004, with subsequent reports submitted in 2006 and 2008. Canada also submitted a Summary Action Plan to the 1540 Committee in 2010, which outlines Canada’s national and international efforts to implement UNSCR 1540.

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Prime Minister of Canada concludes bilateral visit to the Netherlands
Mar 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

The Hague, Netherlands

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today concluded a successful two-day bilateral visit to the Netherlands, where he met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The two leaders discussed how to strengthen the bilateral relationship and maximize the commercial benefits that will arise from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. They also exchanged views on Ukraine, other key international security issues, as well as the Nuclear Security Summit, which Prime Minister Rutte is hosting from March 24 to 25, 2014.

The Prime Minister also had an audience with King Willem-Alexander at Noordeinde Palace. The meeting provided an opportunity to celebrate the special friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, which is underpinned by strong social, political and historical ties. 

While in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Harper also had the opportunity to visit the Port of Rotterdam. The largest port in Europe and fourth-largest in the world, the Port of Rotterdam is a natural gateway for Canadian goods into the larger European market.  

Finally, the Prime Minister hosted a question and answer session with Canadian and Dutch business representatives, along with James Moore, Minister of Industry. Minister Moore was in the Netherlands leading a 25-company trade mission from March 23 to 26, with a view to enabling Canadian companies to position themselves early and benefit from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the Netherlands have an excellent bilateral relationship, underpinned by strong people-to-people ties, a rich history of military cooperation, and close links between Canada and the Dutch Royal Family.
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s diplomatic presence in the Netherlands, and 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation, in which Canadian forces played a leading role.
  • In 2013, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the Netherlands totalled $7 billion. During that period, the Netherlands was Canada’s seventh-largest merchandise export market, valued at $3.6 billion.
  • The Netherlands is the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Canada, which totalled $61.4 billion in 2012, representing 9.7 per cent of Canada’s total FDI.
  • Prime Minister Harper last visited the Netherlands in May 2010.

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UPDATED: Canada-South Korea FTA Good Deal for Niagara
Mar 11, 2014 at 01:58 PM

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St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra is welcoming the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement as positive news for Niagara. “Our government, including Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, worked hard on this agreement.”

Upon full implementation of the agreement, Korea will remove duties on 98.2% of its tariffs covering virtually off of Canada’s imports.  Given that the average of Korea’s tariffs are currently three times higher than Canada’s (13.3% vs. 4.3%), tariff elimination will be particularly advantageous for Canadian businesses exporting to the Korean market.  The agreement is projected to increase exports by 32% and boost the Canadian economy by $1.7 billion annually. 

The automotive manufacturing industry will also see major benefits from the agreement.  Upon coming into force, Canadian exporters will see South Korean tariffs immediately removed from

  • All light vehicles (8% tariff); and
  • All automotive parts (tariffs ranging from 3-8%)

Canadian automotive manufacturers will benefit from tariff-free market access in Korea before our U.S. and E.U. competitors despite existing agreements.  Included in the agreement are equivalency provisions for key U.S. or E.U. vehicle safety standards that will allow for easier entry of Canadian-made vehicles into the South Korean marketplace.  In addition and unlike the agreements between Korea and the U.S. or E.U., Canada has secured a permanent mechanism for accelerated dispute settlement and favourable safeguard provisions. 

For information on the effects on specific sectors, go to: international.gc.ca

The agreement also provides opportunity for Niagara’s burgeoning biomedical and bioscience sector.  Upon coming into force, all South Korean tariffs in the life sciences sector, some reaching as high as 50%, will be eliminated in 10 years.  This includes current tariffs on pharmaceuticals, of which over 60% will be eliminated immediately, while the remaining pharmaceutical tariffs are to be phased out over 5 years.  

“It has always been a part of our government’s plan to expand manufacturing opportunities by investing in the biotechnology sector, for example, the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and BioLinc at Brock”, said Dykstra.  “This agreement will certainly help facilitate opportunities in this direction.”

Niagara’s wineries will benefit from improved access to the South Korean marketplace as well.  Ice wine represents the large majority of wine exported to South Korea and will see the immediate elimination of tariffs upon the agreement coming into force. For the remaining wine exports, tariffs ranging from 15-30% will be eliminated within three years.

South Korea is the world’s 15th largest economy and 4th largest economy in Asia, with an annual GDP of $1.1 trillion and a population of 50 million people. 
For more information, please go to:  pm.gc.ca

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