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Minister Chaggar stresses Canada- U.S. Great Lakes ties

2018-05-08

 

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Canada trades with many nations around the world, but the United States of America is by far our most important trading partner. The links between Canada and the United States in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region are particularly important. In 2017, bilateral trade between Canada and the eight U.S. Great Lakes states exceeded $250 billion.

To promote this special relationship, Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, participated in the Great Lakes Economic Forum held in in Montreal last week.

In her remarks, Minister Chagger emphasized the importance of NAFTA and highlighted its benefits for small businesses on both sides of the border. "Our government strongly believes that cross-border trade and investments will mean economic growth and prosperity for both Canada and the United States."

 

She stressed that the integrated economies and supply chains supported by NAFTA are critical for both our countries and that many smaller companies on both sides of the border rely on these supply chains for their success. She also addressed the need to grow cross-border tourism and highlighted the tourism sector's contributions to success and economic growth in the region.

The tourism industry in both Canada and the United States benefits from our common border-and the people-to-people ties that transcend it. Tourism is Canada's number one service export. In 2015 alone, more than 12.7 million U.S. citizens visited Canada as tourists and spent $7.8 billion.

While in Montréal, Minister Chagger met with business leaders, state officials and trade association representatives. She also participated in a Q&A discussion with Bloomberg News, where she reaffirmed the Government of Canada's support for free trade and its commitment to developing a progressive trade agenda that will ensure the benefits of free trade are widely and fairly shared. Photo of Chicago by Austin Neill

 
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