|Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered the following remarks in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the conclusion of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit:|
“I would like to thank President Calderón for his hospitality.
“This may well be my last visit to Mexico during his presidency, and I want to thank him for being such a great partner and friend of Canada.
“This has been a very productive summit from Canada’s perspective.
“We had frank discussions about the current state of the global economy, ongoing issues in the Eurozone and their potential impacts on the rest of the world.
“In the Summit Declaration, Europe’s leaders have made strong commitments to, and I quote, ‘take all necessary policy measures to safeguard the integrity and stability of the Euro area.’
“These commitments are detailed, including the imminent establishment of the European Stability Mechanism to strengthen firewalls, and multiple, concrete steps towards a more integrated financial union.
“We look forward to prompt action by Europe as a follow-up.
“All G-20 members agreed to take steps to promote global growth, specifically by adopting the Los Cabos Growth and Jobs Action Plan, which was led by Canada and India.
“It makes the point that fiscal responsibility and economic growth go hand in hand.
“It also stresses the importance of resisting protectionism, keeping markets open and promoting trade.
“On that score, we have continued to move Canada’s ambitious trade agenda forward at these meetings.
“As I announced with President Obama earlier today, Canada now has the support of all participants to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
“This is a further example of our determination to diversify our exports and to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadian families.”
PMO Press Office 6/19/2012