Alibaba Plans ‘Significant Push’ to Help Canadian Businesses Crack China


When Justin Trudeau touched down in China last September, it was seen as crucial opportunity to improve trade ties with the world's second-largest economy. The prime minister said progress during that first official visit would lead to “a more stable and beneficial relationship between Canada and China.”

One of the signature moments during that trade mission came when Trudeau teamed up with Alibaba CEO Jack Ma to announce a new portal on one of the e-commerce giant's websites that was designed to promote Canadian goods. “Today is a very good day for Canadian businesses,” Trudeau said in a press statement at the time. “They now have a permanent e-home on the world's biggest online shopping site - Alibaba - and with it, the ability to reach over 400 million Chinese consumers.”

But eight months later, there's little to show for all the glitz that came with that announcement.

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