Cablegate: Manitoba Day in Los Angeles

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. The Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles, Colin
Robertson, hosted a broad Manitoba trade mission led by
Premier Gary Doer as a part of the Consulate's Canada Day
celebrations. The trade mission included announcements of
several important business deals and entertainment ventures.
The most surprising announcement was a contract for the sale
of over 1 million pounds of Manitoban carrots (from leading
produce trader Peak of the Market) to Western Veg-Produce of
Bakersfield. Peak of the Market CEO Larry McIntosh told
Consul that he couldn't believe he was selling carrots to
California, a traditional carrot exporter. Maple Leaf
Distillers also announced plans to expand its distribution
system to provide spirits and liqueurs (worth some $20
million annually) to some 2000 outlets in California.

2. On the entertainment front, Manitoba bands were
highlighted at a top L.A. club in a "Manitoba Sound Night"
featuring Holly McNarland, Doc Walker, McMaster and James,
and Waking Eyes. And one of Winnipeg's most famous
citizens, "Let's Make A Deal" host Monty Hall, was honored
for his charity work by Manitoba Lt. Governor Peter Liba
with the Order of Manitoba.

3. Among the business deals announced were the opening of a
Los Angeles office by Frantic Films, a film and TV
production and post-production firm, and a cooperative
production agreement between the Manitoba Theatre Center and
the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, which includes an exchange
of productions between the theaters as well as the co-
production of a Eugene O'Neill play. Winnipeg-based John
Aaron Productions announced plans with two other U.S. film
producers for cross-border productions of several films,
including "American Woman," about Winnipeg's own rock band,
"the Guess Who."

4. COMMENT: Provincial and city officials realize that the
U.S. presents the greatest opportunities for economic
growth, but also that the lack of awareness in the U.S.
about Winnipeg and Manitoba is among their greatest
obstacles. Events such as "Manitoba Day" are less about
sales but rather represent a concerted effort to raise the
profile of the region as a business and investment
destination. End comment.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>