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Statement by Minister Ng on Canada’s challenge of U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber

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The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement regarding Canada’s request for a panel review under Chapter 10 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement regarding U.S. countervailing duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber: “On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce established, through its first administrative review process, a 7.42% countervailing duty rate for most Canadian producers of softwood lumber.


Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development on Human Rights Day

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The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “This past year has presented some serious challenges, particularly when it comes to human rights. The pandemic has exposed inequalities and worsened the situation of many groups, including minorities. In some cases, pandemic-related measures have been used to restrict human rights.


Statement to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “In Canada and around the world, an estimated one in three women still experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. This abuse can occur in many forms, from intimate partner violence to rape, trafficking, female genital mutilation or cutting and child, early and forced marriage. Sadly, most survivors do not feel comfortable coming forward because of outdated stigmas, complex legal systems and the pain of reliving the events.


Statement by Minister Ng about U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber

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The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement regarding the first administrative review by the U.S. Department of Commerce of U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on certain softwood lumber products from Canada:


Statement on World Children’s Day

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“On World Children’s Day, Canada commits to taking action to improve the lives of children so that they can thrive and achieve their dreams and potential. The challenges are considerable. Worldwide, COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of 9 out of 10 learners. Almost 200 million of them are children, including adolescents and youths, living in countries facing humanitarian crises.


Joint statement on China’s new rules disqualifying elected legislators in Hong Kong

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We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States Secretary of State reiterate our serious concern regarding China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong. Following the imposition of the National Security Law and postponement of September’s Legislative Council elections, this decision further undermines Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms.


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