2020 NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE
NEW YEAR GREETINGS FROM THE HONOURABLE YONAH MARTIN
On behalf of my family and staff, I wish you and yours a healthy and fruitful New Year.
This past year was a historic year for our national Korean Canadian community with Nelly Shin becoming the first Korean Canadian Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons in Canadian history. It was also an election that included a record high number of six candidates of Korean descent to seek federal office. These historic achievements in Canadian politics in a testament to the struggles and sacrifices of the 1st generation pioneers and the growing strength of our national community.
As we look to the year ahead, it is with much excitement that on January 1st, 2020, we will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was and remains Canada’s first and only free trade agreement in Asia. Today, 95% of exports are tax free and Korea is now Canada’s 6th largest trading partner.