Transcript—Minister Chagger Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival
Text on screen: The Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Hello, I'm Bardish Chagger, Canada's Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone who is celebrating – in Canada, in China and around the world.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to gather with friends and family.
To give thanks for what's been received over the past year.
And to look forward to the good things still to come.
For the Government of Canada, we are very much looking forward to all of the good things coming in 2018, during the Canada-China Year of Tourism.
More than 1.5 million Canadians have Chinese heritage. They are strong ambassadors for Canada and demonstrate the close bond between our two countries.
China is also Canada's second-largest trading partner.
And when our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, was in China, he and Premier Li committed to doubling that trade by 2025.
Over the next year, we will work hard to build on these strong ties and to take our relationship to new heights.
When I visited China this past July, I was very much impressed by the welcome that I received.
As we look to 2018, I have the great fortune to repay that warm welcome by welcoming record numbers of Chinese visitors to Canada.
We want to build on our common interests. We want Chinese visitors to see everything that Canada has to offer – from the Northern Lights, to our amazing East Coast; from our rich cultural heritage in our diverse cities, to the unique and unforgettable experiences offered by Indigenous operators across the country.
2018 is our chance to make it all happen!
So let me just say: Huanying
And again: Zhongqio Kuaile.
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