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McGuinty announces trade mission to China

Premier Dalton McGuinty will head to China in the new year on a trade mission with a focus on food production and clean technology.

He made the announcement on his Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday morning.

“In today’s rapidly changing global economy, we are always more successful when we work together,” McGuinty said in an online video.

“China is one of the world’s most dynamic economies,” he said, adding the 2013 trip would be the fourth trade mission he has led to China since he took office in 2003.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwC-JvsOOuU

China is Ontario’s second-largest trading partner. In 2011, two-way trade between Ontario and China totalled $29 billion, the government said.

The mission begins on Jan. 20.

At home, McGuinty’s government is facing a contempt motion targeting Energy Minister Chris Bentley, after the Liberals’ controversial cancellation of two GTA power plants.

He’s also facing a battle with Ontario teachers after the provincial government passed last month Bill 115, also known as the Putting Students First Act. The bill bans strikes and lockouts and imposes a two-year wage freeze on teachers and other educators.