ARCHIVED — Vol. 147, No. 12 — March 23, 2013

GOVERNMENT NOTICES

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

CONSULTATIONS ON POTENTIAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THAILAND

The Government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians on the scope of a potential free trade agreement between Canada and Thailand.

This notice is part of the Government of Canada’s domestic consultation process with business, citizen-based organizations and individual Canadians, as well as with provincial and territorial governments, to obtain advice and views on priorities, objectives and concerns to help outline the parameters of this initiative.

Background

On March 23, 2012, in Bangkok, Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Yingluck of Thailand announced the start of formal exploratory talks towards a potential Canada-Thailand free trade agreement. Thailand is Canada’s largest bilateral trade partner in Southeast Asia. Thailand is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is a priority market in the Government of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy.

Thailand represents a market of some 64 million consumers and in 2011 had a GDP of $341.9 billion. (see footnote 1) In 2011, Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with Thailand grew to a value of $3.5 billion, an increase of 14.8% over the previous year. Canadian merchandise exports to Thailand registered at $839.3 (see footnote 2) million in 2011 and consisted primarily of wood pulp, cereals (mainly wheat), fertilizer, electrical machinery, and precious stones and metals (mainly gold). Canada imported nearly $2.7 billion in merchandise from Thailand in 2011, which consisted primarily of electrical machinery and equipment, machinery, prepared meat/fish products, rubber, and fish and seafood.

Canada and Thailand also conduct trade in services. In 2010, Canada exported $102 million in services to Thailand while Canada’s services imports from Thailand were valued at $147 million.

The stock of Canadian direct investment abroad in Thailand totalled $669 million in 2011. Statistics Canada data for stocks of Thai foreign direct investment in Canada for 2011 are not available.

Thailand’s economy provides opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors in sectors such as agriculture and agri-food, information and communications technologies, clean technologies, aerospace and defence, oil and gas, as well as capital and services projects.

Thailand has comprehensive bilateral free trade agreements in effect with Australia (2005), New Zealand (2005), and Japan (2007), and goods-only agreements in effect with India (2004) and Peru (2009). As a member of ASEAN, Thailand is party to the organization’s comprehensive free trade agreements with Korea (2009) and Australia and New Zealand (2010), and goods-only agreements with China (2005), Japan (2009) and India (2010). Taken as a whole, ASEAN represents a market of more than 600 million people, a regional GDP of $2.2 trillion (2011), and a bilateral merchandise trade relationship with Canada that reached $15.5 billion in 2011, making it greater in size than Canada’s seventh largest merchandise trading partner. ASEAN leaders have committed to establishing an ASEAN economic community by 2015 and to transforming Southeast Asia into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, and skilled labour, and freer flow of capital.

Bilateral commercial relations

Canada and Thailand have a number of bilateral initiatives designed to enhance the economic relationship between the countries, including an air services agreement (1989) (see footnote 3), a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (1998) (see footnote 4) and a double taxation agreement (1984) (see footnote 5).

Additional information on Canada’s relationship with Thailand can be found on the following Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Web sites:

  • Exploratory Discussions for a Canada-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreementsaccords-commerciaux/agr-acc/thailand-thailande.aspx?lang=eng&view=d)
  • Embassy of Canada to Thailand (www.canadainternational.gc.ca/thailand-thailande)
  • Canada’s foreign investment protection and promotion agreements (FIPAs) [www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/fipa-apie/index.aspx?view=d]
  • Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Thailand (www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/office.jsp?oid=52&cid=538)

Submissions by interested parties

The Government is embarking on a public consultation process to give all interested stakeholders an early opportunity to provide comments and advice on a possible free trade agreement with Thailand. It is essential that the Government of Canada be fully aware of the interests and potential sensitivities of Canadians with respect to this initiative. Advice and views on any priorities, objectives and concerns relating to a possible free trade agreement with Thailand are welcome. In particular, views with respect to the following are sought:

  • Opinions on areas of goods export interest, including products that would benefit from the removal of tariffs and other barriers by Thailand. The Government is also seeking views on the liberalization of access for Thai products to the Canadian market, including input on the elimination of tariffs on specific products.
  • Advice and views on trade in services, particularly the identification of sectors and activities of export interest for Canadian service providers, and opinions on domestic regulatory measures that restrict or otherwise affect market access for Canadian service providers.
  • Advice, views and experiences regarding the temporary entry of business persons from Canada into Thailand and into Canada from Thailand (e.g. impediments to entering or working in Thailand on a temporary basis including licensing or certification requirements at the border).
  • Advice, views and experiences regarding measures affecting exports destined for Thailand, including non-tariff barriers (such as import licensing), technical barriers to trade (including technical regulations, standards and/or conformity assessment procedures), and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
  • Views on general rules of origin and on appropriate rules of origin for specific products or sectors.
  • Advice on “trade facilitation” issues (e.g. significant impediments related to import procedures).
  • Advice, views and experiences regarding customs procedures and commercial goods entering and/or leaving Thailand.
  • Advice, views and experiences regarding investment barriers faced by Canadian investors in Thailand, including restrictions imposed on foreign ownership or entry to market, questions of transparency of regulation, performance requirements (i.e. local content requirements, and use of local labour and services), and any other impediments/barriers.
  • Advice and views on priority government procurement markets for Canadian suppliers in Thailand, including the government entities or enterprises of interest to Canadian suppliers and the goods, construction services or other services that Canadian suppliers are interested in selling to those government organizations.
  • Advice, views and experiences regarding barriers (e.g. availability and transparency of information, domestic preferences) when selling or attempting to sell to governments in Thailand.
  • Views and experiences regarding the protection of intellectual property rights.
  • Advice and views on competition policy matters, including development of possible cooperation mechanisms.
  • Views on ways to reflect the interests and values of Canadians in the area of sustainable development, environmental protection and conservation.
  • Views on ways to reflect the interests and values of Canadians in the areas of workers’ rights, human rights, transparency in business and commercial practices, and other social concerns, as they relate to Thailand.
  • Advice and views on ways to enhance the bilateral economic relationship, such as cooperation on science and technology.
  • Advice and experiences regarding trade remedies (i.e. anti-dumping and countervailing measures) taken on trade between Thailand and Canada.
  • Views on other related issues not mentioned above.

All interested parties are invited to submit their views by May 22, 2013. Please be advised that any information received as a result of this consultation will be considered public information, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Submissions should include

  1. the contributor’s name and address and, if applicable, his or her organization, institution or business;

  2. the specific issues being addressed; and

  3. precise information on the rationale for the positions taken, including any significant impact it may have on Canada’s domestic or foreign interests.

Contributions can be sent by email, fax or mail to thailand-consultations-thailande@international.gc.ca (email), 613-944-5119 (fax), or Trade Negotiations Consultations (Thailand), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Trade Policy and Negotiations Division III (TPW-A), Lester B. Pearson Building, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2.

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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL

Appointments

Name and position

Order in Council

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

 

Directors

 

Dupont, Serge

2013-242

Josey, Gregory

2013-244

Lajeunesse, Claude

2013-241

Luxat, John C.

2013-243

Auditor General of Canada

2013-226

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited

 

Auditor

 

Bernard, Peter Goodwin, Q.C.

2013-229

Pacific Pilotage Authority

 

Member and part-time Vice-Chairperson

 

Bouchard, Martial

2013-230

Saguenay Port Authority

 

Director

 

Brisebois, Marcel

2013-237

Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

 

Chairperson

 

Burnett, The Hon. William J.

2013-258

Court of Appeal for Manitoba

 

Judge of Appeal

 

Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba

 

Judge ex officio

 

Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology

 

Directors

 

Creelman, Kenneth Ross

2013-249

Kavanagh, Sarah

2013-248

Koudys, Ronald

2013-247

Canada Industrial Relations Board

 

Full-time member

 

Charbonneau, Daniel

2013-254

Part-time member

 

Oliver, Cynthia Catherine

2013-255

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

 

Directors of the Board of Directors

 

Bercovici, Vivian

2013-232

Mitchell, Brian R.

2013-233

Canadian Museum of Civilization

 

Trustees of the Board of Trustees

 

Gwyn, Richard

2013-234

Langille, Ken

2013-235

Chan, Tung

2013-239

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

 

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 

Chartier, The Hon. Richard J.

2013-257

Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Manitoba, with the style and title of Chief Justice of Manitoba

 

Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba

 

Judge ex officio

 

Comper, Anthony

2013-224

PPP Canada Inc.

 

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

 

Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

2013-261

Judges

 

Gagné, The Hon. Jocelyne

 

Gleason, The Hon. Mary J. L.

 

Kane, The Hon. Catherine M.

 

Manson, The Hon. Michael D.

 

Plouffe, The Hon. Jean-Pierre

 

Webb, The Hon. Wyman W.

 

D’Amours, Sophie

2013-250

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

 

Member

 

Dubé, Micheline

2013-227

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

Duggan, Sharon Ruth

2013-228

Marine Atlantic Inc.

 

Director

 

Fujarczuk, Richard

2013-294

House of Commons

 

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Council

 

Garfinkel, Paul E., O.C.

2013-195

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 

Member of the Governing Council

 

George, Roland

2013-246

National Energy Board

 

Permanent member

 

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Administrators

 

Orsborn, The Hon. David B.

2013-290

March 11, 2013

 

Orsborn, The Hon. David B.

2013-282

March 23 to April 5, 2013

 

Welsh, The Hon. B. Gale

2013-290

April 9 to April 11, 2013

 

Hungerford, Jane Knott

2013-236

National Museum of Science and Technology

 

Trustee of the Board of Trustees

 

James, William R.

2013-251

Superintendent of Bankruptcy

 

Kear-Jodoin, Karen L.

2013-256

Superior Court for the district of Montréal in the Province of Quebec

 

Puisne Judge

 

L’Heureux, Sonia

2013-295

Parliamentary Budget Officer on an interim basis

 

MacRae, Roger Kirk

2013-223

Royal Canadian Mint

 

Director of the Board of Directors

 

Mahaffy, Douglas W.

2013-222

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

 

Director of the Board of Directors

 

McEwan, Alexander (Sandy)

2013-245

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

Permanent member on a part-time basis

 

Mowat, Jane

2013-231

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

 

Director of the Board of Directors

 

Perlmutter, The Hon. Shane I.

2013-259

Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba

 

Associate Chief Justice

 

Persichilli, Angelo

2013-225

Citizenship Act

 

Citizenship judge — Full-time basis

 

Rempel, The Hon. Herbert

2013-260

Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba

 

Judge

 

Roussel, Kathleen

2013-240

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

 

Richards, The Hon. Mary Jane

2013-281

Government of New Brunswick

 

Administrator

 

March 12 to March 18, 2013

 

Simpson, Stephen B.

2013-238

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

 

Full-time member

 

Social Security Tribunal

 

Full-time member and Chairperson

 

Brazeau, Murielle

2013-196

Appeal Division

 

Full-time members

 

Borer, Mark Steven

2013-198

Hazlett Parker, Valerie Anne

2013-186

Lafontaine, Pierre

2013-197

Employment Insurance Section

 

Full-time members

 

Blanchard, Joanne

2013-194

Boudreault, Alcide

2013-211

Brum Bozzi, Renata

2013-190

Craig, Kathleen Loo

2013-216

Demers, Paul Jean

2013-191

Dyck, Connie Lee

2013-212

Durand, Claude

2013-192

Glover, William James

2013-220

Legere, Leroy Joseph

2013-203

McCarthy, John Gerard

2013-221

McCrimmon, D. Ross

2013-215

Morin, Normand

2013-204

Noonan, John Valentine

2013-217

Palantzas, Eleni

2013-213

Pappas, Takis

2013-210

Payment, Jean-Philippe

2013-193

Rouleau, Aline

2013-214

Schloegl, Andrea Erika

2013-205

Sheffe, Michael Stephen

2013-206

Smith, Roy Grant

2013-209

Sterne, Richard Wilton Edward

2013-208

Wallocha, Katherine Corinne

2013-219

Yufe, Alyssa Joy

2013-218

Income Security Section

 

Full-time members

 

Galbraith, Jane Anne

2013-200

Nawaz, Neil Parvaiz

2013-199

Parker, Shane Robert

2013-189

Robichaud, Liza Anne

2013-202

Rodenhurst, Brian Ray

2013-201

Saunders, Virginia Lee

2013-188

Sherwood, Kelley Joanne

2013-187

Standards Council of Canada

 

Members

 

Bédard, Claude

2013-253

Gignac, Suzie

2013-252

March 15, 2013

DIANE BÉLANGER
Official Documents Registrar

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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL

Appointments

Name and position

Instrument of Advice dated March 6, 2013

Manning, Ernest Preston, C.C., A.O.E

Queen’s Privy Council for Canada

Member

March 15, 2013

DIANE BÉLANGER
Official Documents Registrar

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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

TRADE-MARKS ACT

Removal of geographical indications

The Minister of Industry proposes that the following geographical indications be removed from the list of geographical indications kept pursuant to subsection 11.12(1) of the Trade-marks Act, where “(i)” refers to the file number and “(ii)” refers to the indication and whether it identifies a wine or spirit:

  • (i) File No. 870621

  • (ii) Pelee Island (wine)

CHRISTIAN PARADIS
Minister of Industry

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(Erratum)


DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Proposed amendments to Chapter D (Rules of Origin) and Annex D-01 (Specific Rules of Origin) of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement — Domestic consultations

Notice is hereby given that on page 496 of the Saturday, March 16, 2013, issue of the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ, Vol. 147, No. 11, the subtitle “CUSTOMS TARIFF” was inserted inadvertently and should not have appeared.

March 20, 2013

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  • Footnote 1
    Source: Industrial Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook, October 2012.
  • 2011 GDP in Thai baht converted to Canadian dollars using the Bank of Canada’s average annual exchange rate for 2011.
  • Footnote 2
    Trade statistics taken from Statistics Canada.
  • Footnote 3
    Source: www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/thailand
  • Footnote 4
    Source: www.treaty-accord.gc.ca/text-texte.aspx?id=101528
  • Footnote 5
    Source: www.fin.gc.ca/treaties-conventions/Thailand_-eng.asp