CETA [Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement]—our free trade agreement with the European Union—had just entered into force, thanks to the foresight of Pierre-Marc Johnson, former premier of Quebec. We had also just signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. And today, as you know, we are finalizing the ratification of the new NAFTA.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Government of Canada dedicated the first week of February to highlighting the actions of Canadian international assistance workers striving to improve peoples’ lives and our planet’s well-being.
As we celebrate 100 years since the birth of the original Prime Minister [Pierre Elliott] Trudeau, it is worthwhile to reflect on what has changed since his time in office and what remains the same and where Canada’s current approach to the world is going and should go.
Good evening. Thanks very much for having made a little room for me in your program at the last minute! I have good reasons for wanting to come to the summit. I am very happy to be with you and to speak to you now as the minister of international development.
Thank you very much, Jeremy [Hunt, United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs], for that extremely kind introduction. I do want to thank you, Jeremy, for having the very important idea of hosting this conference.
Bonjour, salam alaikum to the Muslims in the room, those observing Ramadan. What a great privilege it is to be a guest on this territory that the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples have called home for generations upon generations, to be in this room with change makers, in a room teeming with excitement because we’ve done something quite exceptional together.