Millions of people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes and their countries due to conflict and persecution. As unresolved refugee and humanitarian crises continue, nations must work together to help advance solutions. Canada will continue to lead by example.
Good evening. Thanks very much for having made a little room for me in your program at the last minute! I have good reasons for wanting to come to the summit. I am very happy to be with you and to speak to you now as the minister of international development.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington and Minister of Democratic Institutions, will make a CanExport small and medium enterprise (SME) funding announcement with Burloak Technologies in Oakville, Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, highlighting how trade diversification benefits the economy and leads to good jobs for for middle-class Canadians.
Democracy is central to the development of free, well-governed, pluralistic and prosperous societies. It is what gives citizens the right to vote, the freedom to disagree with elected officials, the ability to hold governments to account and the permission to speak out against injustice.