Minister Fast Delivers: Korea opens up to Canadian beef

Canadian Minister of International Trade The Honourable Ed Fast annouced that Korea had opened its markets to Canadian beef.

That’s great news, but you may be asking, “Who is Ed Fast?”

From the National Post.  Full story here.

“They used to call James Brown “the hardest working man in show business.” If there were a similar award in Canadian politics, it may go to unassuming International Trade Minister Ed Fast. He was in Washington Monday to announce a two-year extension to the softwood lumber deal and will head off to Davos, Switzerland, with the Prime Minister for the World Economic Forum this week.

Since being named to Cabinet eight months ago, he has undertaken a six-cities-in-seven-nights trade mission to China, as well as visits to India, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Hawaii.

 

It is perhaps just as well that the mild-mannered lawyer from Abbotsford, B.C., is a man in motion. As Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, pointed out on the weekend, it is vital for Canada to look for new trading partners in Asia-Pacific because the United States, the destination for three-quarters of our exports, may never recover its previous appetite for our goods.”

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