Mr. Speaker, budget 2012 marked the beginning of an invigorated and deeper relationship between Canada and the Asia-Pacific region.
In the past few years, our government has been strategically expanding cultural and trade agreements with countries in this region to create jobs and economic growth. The opportunities for Canada in this dynamic region are impressive. Asia-Pacific markets have an economic growth rate that is two to three times the global average. Canada is maximizing opportunities for entrepreneurs through innovative trade, investment, air transport and science and technology agreements. This is important for all Canadians but especially for the people of British Columbia and the residents of Vancouver South. We are the gateway to the Asia-Pacific.
Our country's commitment to one project, one review, and our engagement in ongoing free trade discussions will provide the foundation needed to build Canada's future through economic growth and job creation.