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No. H137/12
For release - December 18, 2012

TORONTO — The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, met today with members of the Canadian-Chinese community in Toronto to discuss opportunities for further Canada-China transportation and trade relations and to consult ahead of the next federal budget.

"China is an important economic partner for Canada, and our two countries enjoy an extensive and growing relationship in the areas of trade, investment, the Asia-Pacific Gateway and supply chain efficiency," said Minister Lebel. "Our objective is to strengthen this relationship by focusing on exports, new investments, energy and innovation, as well as science and technology."

This meeting follows Minister Lebel's recent trip to China, where he attended Airshow China.

"I was extremely pleased to see such a strong Canadian presence at the airshow," said Minister Lebel. "Canadian companies are excellent partners in the development of China's aerospace industry, and they are bringing the fruits of their labour back home to support job creation and economic growth here in Canada."

At the airshow, Minister Lebel signed amendments to the existing bilateral air transport agreement with Xia Xinghua, Vice-Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

"By providing airlines in each country with greater routing and pricing flexibility, we are facilitating the movement of people and goods, and travellers and businesses will have more choices," said Minister Lebel. "This agreement will benefit tourism, airlines and airports, shippers, and the entire Canadian economy."

They also signed an action plan that opens the door to closer cooperation on aviation safety.

"Canada is well respected as a global leader in civil aviation, and has one of the safest aviation systems in the world," said Minister Lebel. "This action plan is a strong statement about our commitment to work together with our Chinese partners to ensure safe skies for all of our citizens."

Minister Lebel also visited Hong Kong, where he met with government and business leaders, and promoted Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway as a modern and efficient trade link to North America.

This meeting also provided an opportunity to consult the Chinese-Canadian business community on the economy.

"Talking directly to Canadians is the best way to get input on how to help fuel jobs and economic growth in the GTA, and across Canada. The Chinese-Canadian business community always has great suggestions on how to increase exports and grow the economy."

For more details on the Minister's visit to China, please refer to:

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Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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