Dreeshen Speaks on State Visit to China and Mongolia

Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer spoke in the House of Commons today in regard to his recent participation in Canada’s State visits to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia.
October 30, 2013

OTTAWA - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer spoke in the House of Commons today in regard to his recent participation in Canada’s State visits to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia.

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 conducted State visits to the People’s Republic of China and to Mongolia. Their Excellencies were accompanied by Members of Parliament and prominent Canadian-Chinese business leaders.

The Canadian mission focused on developing partnerships in commerce, innovation, and education. Dreeshen said that he felt a sense of pride when he saw how Canadian curriculum is being used in Chinese academia. “To see the enthusiasm shown by our hosts regarding the use of Canadian curriculum at primary, secondary, post-secondary and graduate levels was a sense of pride for me having been an educator for 34 years,” Dreeshen told the House of Commons.

In addition to visits to Chinese Universities, the delegation also met with Chinese and Mongolian politicians. “Our numerous roundtable discussions allowed us to expand and strengthen our economic, cultural, and knowledge-based collaboration,” Dreeshen said. He told the House of Commons that Central Alberta businesses, as well as organizations such as Access Prosperity and Alberta’s excellent post-secondary institutions can benefit from increased cooperation with China. “It is important that we foster our bilateral trade relationship so that Canadian exporters can thrive in the Chinese market,” said Dreeshen.

Last year, China became Canada’s second-largest export market after the U.S.