Canada’s Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole MP, spoke via a live video-conference to discuss Canada’s foreign policy, promoting a trade and mobility deal between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Speaking with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, O’Toole discussed a variety of Canadian issues, from COVID-19 and PPE procurement to international affairs and tariffs.
The online event, hosted by Rocco Rossi who is the CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, focused on Canada’s path to economic recovery following the economic difficulties succeeding the COVID-19 pandemic.
O’Toole advocated for initiatives such the exploration of new markets and developing trade links with democratic countries such as India. However, he also emphasized the need for Canada “to open its eyes for opportunities in developed economies.”
“For years, I have been advocating for a CANZUK agreement,” he said. “This trade a mobility deal would provide a stepping-stone for further integration and partnerships with the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.”
O’Toole has long advocated for Canada to formulate and adopt a CANZUK agreement, receiving applause from the Canadian parliament in late-2020 when he mentioned trade and free movement between the four countries.
“This isn’t just a matter of economics,” he continued. “CANZUK is our best political option to build a bloc of aligned democratic countries, diversify our trade routes and solidify our defence, intelligence and commitment to human rights alliance.”
The full segment on CANZUK can viewed via the above video.
CANZUK International welcomes the Leader of the Opposition’s comments and will continue to work with Canadian MPs in promoting free movement, trade and foreign policy cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.