Dreeshen leaves for China and Mongolia with Governor General

October 16, 2013
OTTAWA - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer departs today on State visits to the People’s Republic of China, from October 16 to 24; and to Mongolia, from October 24 to 26, 2013.
At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston are conducting State visits to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. Their Excellencies will be accompanied by Members of Parliament and prominent Canadian-Chinese business leaders.

Dreeshen looks forward to exchanging information with his Chinese and Mongolian counterparts. "Our mission will further develop the numerous partnerships that Canada has developed with both countries, particularly in strategies promoting commerce, innovation, prosperity and education," said Dreeshen.

While in Shanghai, the delegation will speak with Canadian students studying in China and witness the signing of an agreement between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine on the establishment of a strategic partnership in medical education and training.

In Nanjing, the delegation will participate in a discussion with prominent Chinese and Canadian panelists at Nanjing University. And in Chengdu, the delegation will meet with Sichuan University officials, which will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on education and new technologies.

"As a former educator and a member of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus, I am looking forward to our discussions with Chinese University officials and Canadian students who are studying in China," said Dreeshen. "We will be visiting three Universities in three different regions, which should provide us with a broad understanding of higher education in China.”

The delegation will also attend the Canada Chinese Business Council’s 35th Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference in Beijing, which brings together business leaders from across Canada and China, and focuses on the progress made in our bilateral economic relationship.

“Last year, China became Canada’s second-largest export market after the U.S., so it is important that we foster our bilateral trade relationship so that Canadian exporters can thrive in the Chinese market,” explained Dreeshen. “We will continue to promote not just Canadian economic interests but also our values, including the promotion of human rights,” he added.

Dreeshen also looks forward to attending the State Great Khural (Mongolian Parliament) and will meet with women parliamentarians who are taking on a stronger leadership role in Mongolia. The delegation will also promote Canada’s investment interests at both a business networking breakfast with Canadian business leaders and during an education round table with Canadian institutions and Mongolian stakeholders, ahead of the first-ever Canadian Education Fair in Mongolia.

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visits to the People’s Republic of China and to Mongolia online at www.gg.ca, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted.