Politics This Morning: Trudeau in Toronto to talk trade opportunities in China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma in Toronto during a conference organized by the e-commerce giant. The Hill Times file photograph

PUBLISHED :Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 11:50 PM

Good Monday morning,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting Toronto to get some facetime with the head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Mr. Trudeau is in the country’s largest city to take in Gateway ‘17, a business development conference organized by Alibaba aimed at Canadian businesses looking to sell to or source from China, or attract Chinese tourists. The event is being hosted at Enecare Centre, an exhibition facility located in downtown Toronto.

Mr. Trudeau is scheduled to tour the Gateway conference alongside Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma at 8 a.m. He will then deliver a keynote address and participate in a Q&A session with Mr. Ma at 8:30 a.m.


The prime minister will then speak to the media at noon, before holding a meeting with Mr. Ma a half hour later.

The federal Liberals have targeted China as a lucrative trading partner, courting support from government officials and prominent businesspeople in the rapidly growing Asian country, as talk heats up about a potential trade pact between the two nations.

Alibaba is certainly one of China’s most prominent firms, often compared to fellow e-commerce titan Amazon, both in its success and influence.

Back in Ottawa, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, who serves as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs for Canada-U.S. relations, are meeting with agricultural stakeholders to discuss ongoing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The meeting will be hosted at the Pearson Building on 125 Sussex at 9 a.m.


The third round of renegotiations on the continental trade agreement began on Saturday in Ottawa. They will run until Wednesday.

Across the aisle, Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole and caucus colleague Pierre Paul-Hus, party critic for public safety and emergency preparedness, will speak to reporters at 10 a.m in the House of Commons foyer to discuss NAFTA renegotiations.

Keeping with the nation’s capital, Equal Voice, a nonprofit that works to encourage more women to get involved in politics, is hosting a breakfast meet and greet with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the Bazille Restaurant in Nordstrom’s, which is located in the Rideau Centre. The event starts at 7:15 a.m.

Have a great day!