New fed­eral min­is­ter tasked with get­ting

The Miracle - - Politics -

OT­TAWA -- One of Canada’s new­est cabi­net min­is­ters is tasked with mak­ing progress on a long-run­ning chal­lenge: en­cour­ag­ing more busi­nesses to chase op­por­tu­ni­ties beyond the com­forts of North Amer­ica. Adding to the pres­sure, Mary Ng, named to the Trudeau cabi­net in July, is tak­ing on the role as min­is­ter of small busi­ness and ex­port pro­mo­tion at a deeply un­cer­tain time for the crit­i­cal Canada-U.S. trad­ing re­la­tion­ship. In­dus­try lead­ers say there is a grow­ing ur­gency to help Cana­dian busi­nesses find over­seas mar­kets, point­ing to the un­known fu­ture of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, a cross-bor­der tar­iff dis­pute and threats by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of more Amer­i­can du­ties on the im­por­tant au­to­mo­tive sec­tor. “The U.S. is an im­por­tant trad­ing part­ner -they will al­ways and con­tinue to be an im­por­tant trad­ing part­ner -- but look­ing beyond to other mar­kets for Cana­dian busi­nesses is the right thing to do and it’s an op­por­tu­nity,” Ng, a Toronto-area MP who worked in the pub­lic sec­tor for 20 years, said in an in­ter­view. “I al­ways think it’s good to di­ver­sify.” Ng’s small busi­ness port­fo­lio comes with an ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity and ti­tle com­pared to her pre­de­ces­sor -- ex­port pro­mo­tion. She is one of three fed­eral min­is­ters fo­cused on trade. In­ter­na­tional Trade Diver­si­fi­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jim Carr and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land, who is lead­ing NAFTA ne­go­ti­a­tions, round out the trade trio. Ng’s fo­cus will be spread­ing the word to

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