MP Earl Dreeshen leads parlamericas delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador

February 01, 2013
RED DEER - From January 19th to the 26th, 2013, Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen led a delegation composed of Canadian Senators and MPs from both government and opposition parties in a bilateral visit to Guatemala City, Guatemala, and San Salvador, El Salvador.

In Guatemala City, Dreeshen and his colleagues met with a variety of individuals and groups including: Guatemalan parliamentarians, the Canadian-Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and a broad spectrum of non-governmental organizations. The meetings in San Salvador included the Speaker of El Salvador’s legislature, members of the legislature, academics and experts, and the Canadian-El Salvadorian Chamber of Commerce.

“The trip was a tremendous opportunity for bilateral discussions on a wide range of subjects,” said Dreeshen. “By discussing issues of mutual importance with community leaders we were able to continue strengthening ties between Canada, Guatemala and El Salvador.”

These meetings were focused around investment opportunities in Guatemala; the state of domestic democratic institutions; measures being taken to increase citizen security and combat narcotic trafficking; and projects being undertaken to improve the social conditions of citizens, including education, malnutrition and food safety.

The bilateral visit served as an excellent opportunity for the Canadian delegation to learn and share best practices with front-line workers, industry leaders and experts in these countries, about issues which affect the entire hemisphere, such as challenges and opportunities in the mining industry, violence against women and children, and narcotic trafficking and armed violence.

ParlAmericas is an independent network composed of national legislatures of 35 states from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Its main goal is to engage and develop inter-parliamentary dialogue on relevant hemispheric issues. More information on the work of the ParlAmericas can be found at www.parlamericas.org.