Nov 10, 2014
By Scott Walker
The Prime Minister is on his way back to Canada from China after a five-day visit that announced $2.5-billion in trade deals between the two countries.
It’s Harper’s third visit to Canada’s second-largest trading partner in the past six years.
The trip included an agreement for regular top-level meetings between the two countries. Canada’s Foreign and Finance Ministers will meet with their Chinese counterparts once a year.
Harper was originally scheduled to stay on for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit. But he decided to return home for Remembrance Day ceremonies that will carry a new significance with the recent killings of Corporal Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec.
He did stay for the opening of the APEC Summit long enough to hold talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal with US President Barack Obama and other members of the plan that is still in negotiations.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Prime Minister. He will be crossing the international dateline again later this week when he travels to Australia and New Zealand.