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Honourable senators, I have the distinct privilege to rise today to speak about the first anniversary of the implementation of the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was on January 1, 2016.

The signing of Canada’s first Asia-Pacific trade agreement was realized through the hard work, leadership and vision of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper and former Ministers of International Trade Ed Fast, James Moore, Stockwell Day, and their predecessors. Additionally, the new Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Daeshik Jo, like his predecessors, also plays a key role in deepening Canada-Korea relations in strategic and tangible ways.


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