Ottawa, ON – The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, today announced that a Conservative government will seek to expand Canada’s trade relationships around the world, beginning with the United Kingdom. “I’ll be taking the initiative to promote Canadian free trade when I travel to the United Kingdom later this spring.,” said Scheer. “Our positive Conservative vision includes exploring new opportunities for job creation here in Canada, and a Conservative government in 2019 will make establishing a free trade relationship with the United Kingdom a priority.” In a time when protectionism threatens the prosperity brought to millions of Canadians by our free trade relationships, a Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will fight for the jobs and opportunity created by expanding trade with like-minded partners. “Some would say that now is a time for caution, a time for incremental gains and an effort to salvage what little we can,” said Scheer. “But, I say there is a case to be made for being bold.” The Conservatives are Canada’s party of free trade, having secured free trade access to more than 50 countries while in office. Major trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement are legacies of past Conservative governments. “Despite the uncertain trade environment, we will seize this new global moment to pursue the prosperity that trade brings us, alongside other countries that share the dream of free people making free decisions,” said Scheer. -30- For more information, please contact: Daniel Schow [email protected] (613) 286-1050 Virginie Bonneau [email protected] (613) 294-8150