Canada is committed to close cooperation with its partners throughout the Americas. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Parliamentary Secretary Rob Oliphant will visit Medellín, Colombia, to represent Canada at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) from June 26 to June 28, 2019.
The Canadian economy can never reach its full potential if historically marginalized groups are left behind. Canada’s trade diversification strategy is making sure that everyone—including Indigenous peoples—can benefit from the opportunities created by trade and investment. Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses will result in more jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
In coordination with the United States, Canada is announcing sanctions in response to gross and systematic human rights violations that have been committed in Nicaragua. Canada is imposing sanctions against key members of the Government of Nicaragua under the Special Economic Measures Act. These sanctions send a clear message that the Government of Nicaragua’s ongoing human rights violations against its people will not be tolerated.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, participated in CODE’s 60th anniversary celebration, at which she announced a $5-million contribution to support CODE’s Transforming Girls’ Education project.
Human rights are at the core of Canada’s foreign policy. As part of this commitment, today the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced the launch of Voices at Risk: Canada’s Guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders.
In July 2018, Canada joined 56 other UN Member States as a contributor to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to provide medical evacuation by air of injured personnel, supply transport and logistics support.
The WTO plays a key role in strengthening economic ties in the global community and provides transparency and predictability so that businesses can thrive and create jobs for the middle class. Canada fully supports the WTO review process of member countries as an important element of transparency and of promoting greater public understanding of the benefits of rules-based trade.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, today welcomes Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of La Francophonie, to Ottawa, Ontario. The two will discuss a number of issues, notably strengthening the presence of the French language in the digital sphere and the values that unite Canada and La Francophonie. The Secretary General will also meet with Prime Minister Trudeau as well as Franco-Ontarian women entrepreneurs to promote the important role of women’s entrepreneurship in the economy.
The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, returned from a successful trade mission to Japan and South Korea, where he promoted Canadian canola exports and other agricultural products alongside industry representatives and trade ministers from Alberta and Saskatchewan.