The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed Fast to Cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade. Minister Fast assumed responsibility for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the most ambitious pro-trade and pro-investment plan in Canada’s history. The Plan focuses on Canada’s core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion.
Minister Fast recently released Canada’s first International Education Strategy and oversees free trade negotiations with Japan, India and the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, among others. Canada recently concluded a historic agreement with the European Union, and a free trade agreement with South Korea, Canada’s first in the Asia-Pacific region