We are gathering here at an important time for competition – a moment of significant opportunity and collaboration that we must seize. More and more Canadians from all corners are recognizing the important role of competition and speaking up for more competition. I want to talk about some of the priorities that I am laser focused on right now, day in and day out to make sure competition is working for all Canadians.
Today’s event builds on Bureau interest in interdisciplinary topics. For example, in recent years we have explored the links between competition and intellectual property, competition and privacy, and competition and gender. This helps us look at policy issues in a new light, while connecting with experts from different backgrounds. It enriches our understanding and fosters innovation.
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.