Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant travels to Argentina

News release

September 6, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today that the Honourable Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be in Argentina from September 6 to September 8.

Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will meet with Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Santiago Cafiero, in Buenos Aires to discuss shared priorities and issues of mutual interest, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the respect and promotion of human rights, gender equality and 2SLGBTQI+ rights.

On the second day of his trip, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will lead a Canadian delegation to the Equal Rights Coalition international conference. As a founding member of the Equal Rights Coalition, Canada remains strongly committed to advancing 2SLGBTQI+ rights around the world.

During his trip, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will also meet with the Argentine-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 2SLGBTQI+ representatives and the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.

Quotes

“Canada and Argentina share a strong and meaningful relationship that dates back more than a century. We also share important priorities such as the respect and promotion of human rights, gender equality and 2SLGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad. We will continue to build on our relationship and protect the human rights of all our citizens.”

- Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • In 2021, Canada and Argentina celebrated 80 years of strong diplomatic relations founded on diplomacy, trade and investment ties.

  • Canada’s first trade office in South America opened in Buenos Aires in 1911.

  • Bilateral trade between Canada and Argentina was valued at $1.3 billion in 2021, up 42% from 2020. 

  • Canada is Argentina’s largest foreign investor in the mining sector, with investments reaching more than US$8 billion.

  • The Equal Rights Coalition, launched in 2016, is made up of 42 member states as well as civil society organizations and UN agencies.

  • Canada co-chaired the Equal Rights Coalition with Chile from 2017 to 2019 and hosted the Coalition’s inaugural international conference on 2SLGBTQI+ human rights and inclusive development in Vancouver in August 2018. 

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