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Manitoba’s Agri-Food and Manufacturing Sectors Lead the Way to Steady Export Growth

WINNIPEG —; Thanks to the diversification of its export economy, Manitoba’s exports will grow by four per cent in 2016 and five per cent next year, according to Export Development Canada’s semi-annual Global Export Forecast.

This steady growth, continuing on from last year, is the product of strong performances across all the province’s export sectors, particularly agri-food and manufacturing. Manitoba stands as one of the most diversified export economies in Canada.

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“When it comes to exports, we all envy Manitoba. Even though oil exports have fallen off, other sectors have made up for it. Diversification is what you want. It provides stability that the economy can rely on in volatile times like we’re experiencing now,” said Peter Hall, EDC’s Chief Economist.

Agri-food, which is Manitoba’s largest export sector and accounts for more than one-third of the province’s exports, will see overall growth of two per cent this year, followed by five per cent in 2017.

This positive outlook is being driven by pork meat and hog exports, with increasing Asian demand coming off the heels of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). EDC also expects Manitoba to benefit from U.S. pork production dropping back to normal levels after years of record-highs.

Within the agri-food sector, Manitoba’s oilseeds and pulse exports will also perform relatively well this year and next. The strength of these sub-sectors will help offset this year’s decline in wheat exports. Despite relatively strong wheat production in the province, global demand for wheat is expected to be weaker due to high inventories and strong production from the United States, China and India.

The manufacturing sector is another bright spot in the province’s export outlook, with motor vehicles experiencing a 22 per cent increase and aerospace a 16 per cent increase this year. Companies like New Flyer Industries, a bus manufacturer, are leading the charge with several important contract wins in 2016.

“New Flyer Industries specialized in heavy-duty buses, focussed on innovation and now they are a leader in North America for this technology. They’ve been so successful in part because they know how to sell into markets outside of Canada,” noted Hall.

While provincial exports will continue to rely heavily on the strength of the U.S. economy, the diversity of Manitoba’s exports presents opportunities in emerging markets as well.

“Export growth is still mostly about U.S. demand, however, Manitoba companies and producers have the opportunity to gain entry beyond North America because of the variety and types of products they are selling. It’s not just hogs and wheat, but also pharmaceuticals and clean technology,” added Hall. “Growth is coming and now is the time for Manitoba exporters to look beyond the United States and capitalize on the international opportunities before them.”

Mr. Hall will be joining local businesses people today at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg to discuss the export outlook for Manitoba and Canada.

The event is being held in collaboration with Manitoba Trade and Investment. Over the past month, Hall has been travelling across Canada for EDC’s Let’s Talk Exports tour, which offers insights on the current global economy and explores how economic trends will impact Canadian companies and exporters.

Visit EDC’s Global Export Forecast: Spring 2016 to learn more.

About EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on
commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

Some of its services include the Export Guarantee Program to help exporters access more financing, direct financing in support of contracts and direct investment abroad, Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantees to help exporters manage foreign exchange risk, and Political Risk Insurance that can cover up to 90 per cent of losses from political risks in foreign markets.

EDC’s economics team includes some of Canada’s leading trade experts, who share their knowledge freely with Canadian companies looking to grow their international sales and help them manage the associated market risks. Its semi-annual Global Economic Forecast addresses the latest global export conditions, including providing perspectives on leading economic trends and export strategies to help Canadian companies of all sizes maximize their export growth.

The forecast also analyzes a range of risks for which exporters should be prepared.

#elbowgate: Trudeau’s ‘elbow’ trends on Twitter, creates debate

The accusations Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “elbowed” of NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau and manhandled Conservative whip Gordon Brown not only caused a stir in the House of Commons, it also caused the collective internet to overheat as well.

Tuesday’s incident on Parliament Hill immediately started trending on 桑拿会所 with the hashtag #elbowgate.

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Seniors Night at Balfour Collegiate touted as “Best ever” after almost being cancelled

REGINA – Organizers are touting this year’s Seniors Night at Balfour Collegiate as the best to-date, after almost being cancelled a couple months ago.

The night’s event featured a packed room of seniors like Doreen Kuzyk who has been attending the event for the past five years.

They were treated to an entertainment program featuring student volunteers who performed music, dance and special acts.

 “The performances are something else, they’re wonderful,” Kuzyk says

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It’s has been no easy event to pull off. According to volunteers, it takes months of planning, but it’s worth it.

“Everyone looks forward to it. It’s a good atmosphere,” Grade 12 student Kaitlyn Tonita says.

She and a couple hundred other students helped to transform the school’s gymnasium in to a banquet hall, adding that seniors get the five-star treatment.

“We escort the seniors from the buses into our facility,” Tonita adds.

It’s an amazing sight to see for Raeleen Fehr-Rose, the event’s organizer.

“It’s very heart-warming because it really is the generations connecting with each other.”

It was a connection almost severed this year as funding was cut by the school board.

READ MORE: Update: Seniors Night at Balfour Collegiate saved after crowdfunding page launched

However, a crowd-funding page started by Fehr-Rose raised more than enough to save the event after media, including Global Regina picked up the story.

“Since it’s not an event that we charge money to attend it really was because of the community donations,” Fehr-Rose says.

According Fehr-Rose, this year’s Seniors Night saw approximately 600 people in attendance, making it the most successful ever.

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Chaos erupts on Hill: Trudeau apologizes for physical contact with Opposition MPs

The House of Commons appeared to be in utter chaos Wednesday, with the prime minister at the centre of the melee.

Justin Trudeau was accused of “manhandling” the Conservative whip and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau on the floor of the House of Commons just prior to a vote on controversial assisted-dying legislation, Bill C-14.

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“I was standing in the centre talking to some colleagues,” Brosseau told the House after calm was restored. “I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave.

“It was very overwhelming and so I left the chamber to go and sit in the lobby. I missed the vote because of this.”

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Footage from the Commons television feed showed Trudeau wading into a clutch of MPs, mostly New Democrats, and pulling Opposition whip Gordon Brown through the crowd in an effort to get the vote started – a no-no in parliamentary procedure.

“This isn’t about me, it’s about the Liberal Party’s lack of respect for Parliament, and its unilateral attempts to take control of the House of Commons, which set off tonight’s events,” Brown said afterwards.

READ MORE: What caused ‘Elbowgate,’ and why it was an unnecessary kerfuffle

Trudeau says he was just trying to help the Conservative party whip through a throng of MPs prior to the vote and insists he never intended to hurt anyone.

At one point shortly thereafter, Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair were in a face-to-face shouting match.

“I have never seen anything like it,” NDP MP Niki Ashton said on 桑拿会所. “I witnessed the PM push one of my colleagues into my desk in the House of Commons.”

Conservative MP David Sweet said the prime minister behaved like a bully.

Trudeau apologized after the incident

“I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm,” Trudeau said. “I did not intend to offend or impact on anyone.”

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for his ‘behaviour’

“I apologize for that unreservedly,” Trudeau said shortly after.

“I take responsibility.”

The incident had the Commons in an uproar as MPs shouted and pounded their desks.

“People would call what happened here assault,” Ashton said.

“Trudeau’s actions weren’t very feminist,” she added.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May asked for calm.

“What we saw was unacceptable, but let’s keep perspective,” said May, adding Trudeau was trying to move along the vote.

“It was innocent mischief,” she said, to vocal objections from her fellow MPs.

WATCH: House of Commons elbowing incident caught on camera

May continued to defend Trudeau, saying Trudeau did not realize Brosseau was behind him as he made contact.

NDP MP Peter Julian says whether or not the contact was intended, it is inappropriate.

“I would hope that all members would…join together to say physical confrontation…is unacceptable in this place and anywhere across this country,” said Julian.

“Clearly this was not an environment of respect,” said Opposition House Leader Andrew Scheer to reporters outside the Commons.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Brosseau, who left after the incident, would likely not be making comment Wednesday Julian said.

“It was a pretty violent push,” Julian said, adding physical contact in the House is not the “Canadian way.”

“It was disgraceful.”

With files from Canadian Press

‘Colonialism No More’ protestors mark one month outside Regina’s INAC office

REGINA – Thirty-one days. That’s how long the “Colonialism No More” camp has been set up in front of Regina’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office.

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  • Regina INAC office reopens as protestors continue camping outside

  • Regina INAC protest continues

    The protesters first gathered in response to the suicide crisis at Attawapiskat on April 18. At that time, the INAC office closed, and a fence was put up around the property. The fence wasn’t up for long, and INAC reopened their doors on April 28.

    The two sides have been meeting.

    In a statement INAC says: “Our officials have met with the protesters four times since the protest began. We continue to communicate with them to discuss their issues and concerns. For more information on which issues the demonstrators have shared, we encourage media contact them directly.”

    “We’re suffering, we’re poor, and all these thing. We just need to find out where we are as a people,” Darren Maxie, one of the protestors, said.

    The campers say there are very few services for off-reserve First Nations people, something they want to change.

    However, they say they’re hitting a bureaucratic wall when trying to get information from INAC.

    “It’s really difficult to sift through all their information and to find what’s really going on First Nations,” Colonialism No More organizer Robyn Pitiwanakwat said.

    Pitiwanakwat adds she’s familiar with government bureaucracy, but has never seen anything like INAC.

    Questions remain about some issues, new information is out about poverty.

    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a study on poverty rates among First Nations youth. In figures from 2011 they found 69 per cent of youth on reserves live in poverty.

    That number drops in urban centres, but Indigenous youth are still more likely to live in poverty.

    In Regina 41 per cent of Indigenous youth live in poverty, and in Saskatoon it’s 39 per cent. Non-Indigenous youth have a poverty rate around 12 per cent.

    The only city with a higher poverty rate is Winnipeg at 42 per cent.

    “It’s heartbreaking, seeing that during the boom years of Saskatchewan that poverty rates for First Nations people in Saskatchewan have gone up,” Pitiwanakwat said.

    “I don’t think it’s because we want to live in that life. We want to change, we want to grow, we want to get an education, we want to become functional parts of society,” Maxi said.

    The protesters say their camp will stay until they see concrete action on improved service for off-reserve First Nations people.