Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The potential is considerable. Post Brexit there is an opportunity for Ireland to become a hub for Canadian investment in the Union. We are English-speaking and have a similar business culture to Canada. There is a similar culture and ethos and many links between Canada and Ireland. There is an opportunity for us to say to Canada, as we say to the US, that this is a place where it should base its European operations. There is potential for lots of exports in the food sector, in particular, from Ireland to Canada and vice versa.