Letter to Canadians

Canada and China

Every day, the world seems to grow a little smaller. Where once proximity made the United States our trading partner by default, technology and innovation have brought overseas markets virtually to our doorstep.

No market is bigger, or holds more potential, than China. That’s why our government has launched exploratory discussions with China on a free trade agreement. With our abundant natural resources, our ingenuity and our expertise, Canada is well positioned to support China’s ambitious plans in this clean-growth century. We have everything they need, from energy and forest products to minerals and metals and clean technology.

That’s the message I will take with me when I lead a delegation of Canadian companies to China this month. I want to build on recent visits by several of my colleagues to diversify our export markets. Softwood lumber is a great example. Our softwood lumber action plan includes measures to promote Canada’s low-carbon wood and wood products in promising markets while helping to drive innovation, support strong communities and combat climate change.

Together, Canada and China can lead the global transition to a low-carbon future. Together, we can develop a long-term partnership that dramatically increases our bilateral trade and investment in the new resource economy.

This is a pivotal moment to take the Canada–China economic relationship to a new level while creating good jobs, sustainable growth and new prosperity in both countries. The world has never been smaller, but the opportunities have never been bigger.

If you wish to keep up to date on our trade mission to China, I invite you to regularly visit this site to view our postcards from China.

Jim Carr
Minister of Natural Resources