Visit by Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in Canada
Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne was in Canada from October 29 to 31 in connection with the implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). He went to Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, in Quebec. This visit comes right after the publication of the action plan presented by the French government on October 25.
He hold talks with Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ontario’s Minister of International Trade Michael Chan.
Accompanied by Deputy Jacques Maire, who represents the Hauts de Seine department, he met with Canadian parliamentarians from the Standing Committee on International Trade in the Canadian House of Commons, as well as members of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.
With his governmental interlocutors, he discussed the increase in trade and investments expected after the CETA enters in force, and stressed the need for the exemplary enforcement of the agreement. He detailled the Government’s action plan for its implementation and reaffirmed France’s desire to step up the dialogue between the EU and Canada with a view to additional initiatives to combat climate change.
In Montreal, he met with Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s minister of international relations and La Francophonie, with whom he discussed upcoming events relating to the latter.
At his request, the minister was accompanied by a delegation of 15 SMEs in order to make the new economic opportunities opened by the CETA more visible and tangible. In the economic sphere, he also visited the Thalès site in Toronto and the Mars incubator, an emblematic site for innovation in Canada. There he met with French startups to discuss innovation policies, a growing priority for our bilateral relationship.
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