October 18, 2013 3:37 pm
Updated: October 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Premier welcomes Canada-EU trade deal

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

Brent McGillivray / Global News

REGINA – Premier Brad Wall is congratulating the Prime Minister on a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU).

“The federal government has struck a good deal for Canada and for Saskatchewan and our government will support it,” Wall said.  “It has been a long process to reach this stage, but we can now look forward to an agreement that will open markets for Saskatchewan businesses and exporters to the European Union, particularly for our province’s agricultural products.”

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The free trade agreement will give Saskatchewan beef, bison and grain producers significant new access to the EU and they estimate that this agreement will bring in $1.3 billion dollars for the Canadian agriculture sector.

Saskatchewan uranium should also become more attractive for EU investment, creating more economic opportunities for Northern Saskatchewan.

“Saskatchewan led the push to ease the restrictions that existed around uranium mining investments here,” Wall said.

“We could see as much as $2.5 billion in investment spending and the creation of more than 1,200 jobs over the next 15 years as a result of these changes.  We are a province of traders, active in the global marketplace, and our Plan for Growth calls for us to double our international exports by 2020.  Trade agreements like CETA will help us reach those goals while creating jobs and prosperity for Saskatchewan people.”

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