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New office in Ottawa to show Scotland is ‘open for business’ despite Brexit disquiet, says official

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Based out of the British High Commission, the new three-person team will work to pursue deeper economic ties out of both the Ottawa and Toronto offices later this month.

Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, says a new Ottawa office will help Scotland develop closer policy and political links with Canada. Photograph courtesy of the Scottish government

With Brexit looming and steady bilateral trade with Canada, the time is right for Scotland to open an office in Ottawa this month, according to its cabinet secretary for tourism. The launch is more than a year in the making. Since Scotland announced those ambitions in 2017, Fiona Hyslop said it's been working with the U.K. Foreign Office and Global Affairs Canada “to bring these plans to fruition.”  Canada is one of Scotland’s top export partners and investors, she said,

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