Oh No! Another ‘Business Mission’ To China – Ontario Government Secures New Agreements In Beijing

Major Agreements Signed with Chinese Partners

News from the Ontario Government of Premier Kathleen Wynne with a Foreword & Cautonary Words from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted May 1st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword to this Post by Niagara At Large publisher Doug DraperWell, here we go again. Hopefully it is a good thing for grape growers and wine producers in Niagara, Ontario that, as this Ontario government news release states below, an agreement has been reached with China to export and sell more ice wine to that country.

On the other hand, what other agreements has Ontario’s Wynne government, which I’ve found myself feeling more distrustful of with each passing month, cut that may be in the interest of a few special interests, but may be of questionable benefit or may possibly even have damaging impacts on our communities as a whole.

The last time Ontario’s Liberal government, led by Premier Kathleen Wynne herself, went on a “business mission” to China, in November of last year (2015), she boasted of brokering more than $2 billion in deals – one of them a development proposal for the Niagara Falls, Ontario area identified as “Thundering Waters” and mentioned in a provincial government media release at the time in the following few lines; “Also in Beijing, Xincheng Real Estate Fund announced a $100 million investment towards Paradise, a new attraction and residential development in Niagara Falls. The development is led by China-based GR Investment Group, which has purchased 484 acres of property located west of Marineland and adjacent to Thundering Waters Golf Club.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the second row, in China last November 2016, cutting business deals with numerous other Chinese and Ontario corporate reps on hand.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the second row, in China last November 2016, cutting business deals with numerous other Chinese and Ontario corporate representatives on hand.

It wasn’t until a few months later that residents across Niagara began to learn more about this Thundering Waters” development plan and the potentially destructive impacts it might have on hundreds of acres of lands in and around the Niagara River watershed.

So I find myself almost cringing when I hear that Wynne and company have gone to China or some other country in a plane full of corporate representatives and other special interests to cut some deals they claim will benefit us all.

And we still haven’t seen the language in any agreement the premier may have signed with Chinese agents around the Thundering Waters plan or whatever agreement may have been signed at the same time by Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati and two of the city’s senior administrators, who flew to China last November at a cost that was payed for by the same Chinese agents.

They all come back and simply want us to believe that whatever agreements they reached will be good for us. How undemocratic is that?

Now here is the most recent news release by the Ontario government on its latest April 2016 junket to China.)

This past April 27th, 2016 in Beijing, Deputy Premier Matthews and Minister Chan participated in the signing of several new collaboration agreements between Ontario and Chinese companies that will bring substantial opportunities for jobs and growth to the province.

The signings include:

  • A memorandum of understanding to build new trade and investment opportunities with China’s leading supplier of agri-products, diversified foodstuffs and food services
  • An agreement that will bring more Ontario ice wine to China to help meet the growing demand for this signature product
  • An agreement that will increase the purchasing of Ontario food products, housewares and appliances over the next 20 years to supply Chinese consumers’ desire and appreciation for quality

Ontario goods Minister Chan also met with the Chinese Federation of Overseas Entrepreneurs to discuss trade opportunities, and held a roundtable with over 20 C-Suite executives to promote the value of investing in Ontario.

Attracting new investment and helping the province’s businesses compete globally is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.

When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or any of her Ministers go to China or any other country to cut deals "on our behalf," be afraid - be VERY afraid! ... We are already learning that the hard way.

When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or any of her Ministers go to China or any other country to cut deals “on our behalf,” be afraid – be VERY afraid! … We are already learning that the hard way.

The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses.

The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.  — Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade“With this mission,

Ontario is building on our strong relationship with China, our second-largest trading partner. Through the agreements signed today, we are creating important partnerships and fostering opportunities for economic growth and job creation that will benefit people in Ontario and in China.”

“These agreements are great news for Ontario and our agri-food industry. By developing closer partnerships with these important Chinese organizations our government is working to realize new export opportunities for our robust food and beverage sector, creating new jobs and showcasing Ontario’s quality products to a global audience.” — Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board

“Ontario’s highly-skilled workforce and competitive business costs are advantages that allow us to create innovative products and services for the global marketplace, and they make us a primary destination for foreign direct investment.

The agreements reached today in Beijing were made possible by Ontario’s skilled workforce and our attractive business climate. We will enjoy new high value jobs and investment opportunities across our province for years to come.”

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One response to “Oh No! Another ‘Business Mission’ To China – Ontario Government Secures New Agreements In Beijing

  1. At what Ontario expense will this trade deal cost? Harper’s deals guaranteed minimum profits to the Chinese investors. The Thundering Waters deal is going to cost us moving wetlands, what other financial offers has Wynne made? Did her partner go on this trip as well to sign a few contracts for her company as was done in California? Maybe she is selling surplus electricity to China at the reduced export price at the expense of Ontarians.

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