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Ontario sending trade mission to Japan, South Korea next month

Last Updated Sep 17, 2019 at 5:05 pm EDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on Monday, January 21, 2019. Major health-care reform, policing changes and an inaugural budget with a deeper look into the government's austerity agenda are on tap at the Ontario legislature as politicians return Tuesday from a winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario is sending a trade delegation to South Korea and Japan next month.

Premier Doug Ford says the goal is to open new markets for Ontario farmers.

Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli and Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman will lead the mission from Oct. 12 to 24.

Ford made the announcement at Ontario’s annual International Plowing Match that got underway today in Verner, Ont., about 55 kilometres west of North Bay.

Ford told participants that his government won’t be “bullied by other countries” and will stand up for Ontario farmers.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green party Leader Mike Schreiner are also taking part in the match’s kickoff parade.

The plowing match sees party leaders drive tractors and compete to plow a straight furrow.

The legislature usually shuts down for the day so that politicians can attend, but this year legislators are on an extended break and won’t be back in session until Oct. 28.