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Canadian of Sri Lanka Origin Amila Gammana elected Councillor in Alberta Municipal Elections

Posted on 17 October 2017 by admin

Congratulations to Amila Gammana (Canadian of Sri Lankan Origin) who was elected Councillor at the recent Municipal Elections in Alberta. We are proud of you and wish you well!

Alberta election 2017: Drayton Valley results.

Michael Doerksen has been elected mayor of Drayton Valley.

He beat his closest opponent, Brandy Fredrickson, by 202 votes, according to unofficial results released by the municipality.

Eric Butz, Fayrell Wheeler, Bill Ballas, Corey Peebles, Nancy Dodds and Amila Gammana were elected to council.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Drayton Valley.

Mayoral candidates

Michael James Doerksen
Brandy Fredrickson
Cecile Shewfelt

Councillor candidates

William (Bill) Ballas
Eric Butz
Nancy Dodds
Amila Gammana
Graham Long (Incumbent)
Sue Madill
Corey Peebles
Randy Rye
Fayrell Wheeler (Incumbent

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News Release: Ontario Expanding Protection for Consumers Making Big Purchases

Posted on 09 October 2017 by admin


News Release

Ontario Expanding Protection for Consumers Making Big Purchases

October 5, 2017

Proposed Changes Improve Protections for Building a New Home and Buying Travel, Real Estate and Event Tickets

Ontario is introducing legislation that would, if passed, strengthen protection for consumers making significant purchases like buying event tickets or travel services, and purchasing or selling real estate, including newly built homes.

Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, made the announcement today in Toronto.

The Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act would:

  • Strengthen confidence in Ontario's new home warranties and protections by introducing significant changes, including the creation of two administrative authorities — one to administer the new home warranty program and one to regulate new home builders and vendors.
  • Introduce stronger rules and professional standards in the real estate sector, including new measures to address conflict of interest issues that arise in multiple representation situations and heavier fines for Code of Ethics violations by real estate professionals.
  • Further protect consumers buying travel services by enabling the creation of new rules for representations, such as advertising by out of province travel businesses that target Ontarians, creating new registration requirements for individual travel salespersons and improving compliance with the rules by enhancing enforcement tools, such as administrative penalties.
  • Help prevent ticket fraud and excessive markups in the resale ticket market, including banning ticket bots and the sale of tickets that were purchased using bots, capping the resale price of tickets at 50 per cent above face value, requiring businesses selling or reselling tickets to disclose key information to consumers and establishing new enforcement measures.

Strengthening consumer protection is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.





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News Release: Ontario Adds 34,700 Jobs in September

Posted on 07 October 2017 by admin



 October 6, 2017

Province Focused on Supporting Job Creation and Helping People Get Ahead

Employment in Ontario increased by 34,700 in September, the third straight month of job gains,and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent, the lowest level since July 2000.

Employment in Ontario is up 169,500 year-over-year. The province's unemployment rate has been below the national average for 30 consecutive months.

The employment increase included gains in sectors suchas wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing.

According to the 2017-18 First Quarter Finances, Ontario is on track to balance the budget this year while making investments in the programs and services people and their families rely on most.

Building on this strong economic momentum, Ontario is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This includes hiking the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

Supporting Ontario workers and businesses is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.







  • Employment in 2017 is forecast to increase by 94,000 net new jobs. In 2016, Ontario employment increased by 76,400 net new jobs. 
  • On a year-to-date basis, wholesale trade rose 9.1 per cent over the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.
  • On a year-to-date basis, retail sales advanced 6.8 per cent over the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.
  • Over the last three years, Ontario’s real GDP growth has outpaced that of all G7 countries.
  • On a year-over-year basis, employment has increased in many economic regions across the province, including Muskoka-Kawarthas (11.1 per cent), Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula (6.3 per cent) and Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie (6.0 per cent).




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News Release: Ontario Lowering the Cost of Transit

Posted on 06 October 2017 by admin


October 6, 2017

Province Cutting Cost to Ride the TTC in Half for People Paying to Ride GO Transit and UP Express

Ontario is lowering the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by introducing a 50 per cent discount for PRESTO card users who transfer between GO Transit or the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), in both directions.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Union Station in Toronto today to announce that adult, senior and youth/student TTC riders will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer to or from GO Transit or the UP Express. The discount will launch in January 2018, shortly after the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension will begin service to six new stations. For people whose regular commute includes GO/UP Express-TTC transfers, this step towards regional fare integration and more affordable transit options will save about $720 per year.

The new discount builds on a number of recent actions the government has taken to save people money, including a tax credit for seniors who use public transit, steps to make buying or renting a home more affordable and reducing residential electricity bills by 25 per cent on average.

Making public transit more convenient, available and affordable is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.




  • PRESTO adult, senior, student and youth riders will pay $1.50 for the TTC portion of their combined TTC and GO or UP Express journey.
  • More than 50,000 daily trips include transfers between the TTC and GO Transit or UP Express.
  • More than 3 million people have activated PRESTO cards, which can be used on 10 transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), plus OC Transpo in Ottawa.
  • The subway extension from Sheppard West to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre will have six new stations, including York University.
  • Eight other GTHA municipal transit systems offer discounts on GO Transit linked trips.  

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JPAA Canada donates over Rs. 1M to Alma Mater

Posted on 02 October 2017 by admin





A remarkable story of past students not forgetting their Alma Mater. The alumni of St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College who are domiciled in Toronto, Canada have donated over a million rupees to the two schools last August. The Josephian-Peterite Alumn i Association of Canada prides itself as the first Sri Lankan School Alumni Association to be formed in Canada. That was 1984, and much water has flowed under the bridge. The association is also the only joint association for the Peterites and Josephians anywhere in the world. A truly unique legacy. Please read the following News Release that is self-explanatory.

NEWS RELEASE No: 2017-1001

Toronto, Canada – October 1, 2017.

The Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada (JPAA Canada) was formed in 1984, and prides itself as the first Sri Lankan Schools Alumni Association to be formed in Canada. JPAA Canada is also the only joint association in the world for the Joes & Peterites. It is headquartered in Toronto. Next year the association reaches its 35th year of serving the alumni of the two Catholic Schools – St. Joseph’s College & St. Peter’s College.

Donations to the two schools

Over the years, JPAA has donated funds to the two schools for infrastructure work that is needed to maintain old buildings or to build new structures. The donations have been regular and has helped the two schools defray expenses for these projects. It goes on record that the largest donation made to the two schools was this year (2017).

  • A sum of CAN $5,713.20 was sent in August to Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel – Rector, St. Joseph’s College for the reovation of the College Chapel that is close to 90-years old. On March 19, 1929, the foundation stone for the College Chapel was laid by the Arcbishop of Colombo. The College Chapel is a fitting memorial to Rev. Fr. Maurice Legoc – 4th Rector of SJC. According to Fr. Travis Gabriel, the renovation of the college chapel is his #1 priority project;
  • A sum of CAN $5,713.20 was sent in August to Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin – Rector, St. Peter’s College towards expenses related to the construction of a new Rugby Pavilion. The foundation stone was laid in August and expected completion date is September 2018. The proposed Rugby Pavilion will be state-of-the-art and plans to house visiting teams and have a multitude of uses. Fr. Trevor Martin considers this as his #1 priority project.

JPAA Canada was formed primarily to create a forum for the Josephian and Peterite alumni domiciled in Canada. Once this was done, the next major objective was to assist the two alma mater on an ongoing basis. We are proud to record that this has been achieved without reservation. We pledge our continued support and assistance from Canada to the two schools that is amply demonstrated by our mission and vision!

Download pdf version of  JPAA NEWS RELEASE 2017



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Former astronaut Julie Payette sworn in as Canada’s 29th Governor General

Posted on 02 October 2017 by admin

Julie Payette becomes Canada’s 29th Governor General Monday, October 2, 2017.

The 53-year-old former astronaut will become one of the youngest Canadians to take on the title of Governor General.

OTTAWA — Former astronaut Julie Payette took the formal oaths of office Monday as she became the country's 29th Governor General in a traditional ceremony on Parliament Hill.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin administered the oaths to the 53-year-old in the Senate chamber under the watchful eyes of hundreds of high-powered Canadian audience members, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his cabinet, Indigenous leaders and other dignitaries.

Payette swore the oaths of allegiance of the Governor General and commander-in-chief of Canada, and of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada.

After the oaths, cannons outside the Parliament Building crashed out a 21-gun salute, which could be heard inside.

The audience included justices of the Supreme Court, former governors general, several provincial premiers and Payette's friends and family.

Payette was also formally presented with the ceremonial collars marking her as chancellor of the Order of Canada, the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, as well as head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

While much of the ceremony is dictated by protocol, Payette herself chose the music, which included a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" sung by Joannie Benoit and Melissa Bedard.

The Juno Award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir, of which Payette was a member, performed also performed.

Trudeau spoke of Payette's flights into space as inspiring moments, calling her a two-time extraterrestrial Canadian.

He praised her as a mother, an athlete, a pilot, a scientist and someone who "went where very few others had dared to go."

"Your journey through space and through life may be unique, but the qualities which underpin every one of your successes are not," he said.

The prime minister also took time to thank Payette's predecessor, David Johnston.

"You have made Canada a stronger and a better country."

One of the first things Payette plans to do as the Queen's representative in Canada is to open an Instagram account. Johnston Her predecessor, never had one, but officials from Heritage Canada say Payette will add to the Governor General's social media arsenal.

She will also take over her predecessor's official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Payette's embrace of social media appears to be in step with Buckingham Palace, which posted a job advertisement for a social media manager earlier this year as the number of people following the Queen on Twitter was heading toward the three million mark. It has since surpassed that.

Payette, a Montreal-born astronaut, engineer and businesswoman, was accompanied by her 14-year-old son, Laurier Payette Flynn. Her parents and sister and brother were among the invited guests who felt the rumble of a 21-gun salute after Payette signed the oath book and took her seat on the Senate throne.

Following the ceremony, Payette, her son and other dignitaries were scheduled to visit the National War Memorial where the new Governor General would lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Payette had her first audience with the Queen less than two weeks ago, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she received several honours, including the Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada.

In his parting statement, issued Friday, Johnston thanked Canadians for the privilege of serving them.

"It has been a great honour to serve as Canada's 28th Governor General, to represent Her Majesty The Queen in this important role within our constitutional monarchy and to give back to this country I love so much," the former academic said.

Courtesy: The Canadian Press.

Biography of Julie Payette

Julie Payette

Personal Profile: Born October 20, 1963, in Montreal, Quebec, Ms. Payette enjoys running, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving. She has a commercial pilot license with float rating. Ms. Payette is fluent in French and English, and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. She plays the piano and has sung with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.

Education: Attended primary and secondary school in Montreal, Quebec. International Baccalaureate (1982) from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK. Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical (1986) cum laude from McGill University, Montreal. Master of Applied Science – Computer Engineering (1990) from the University of Toronto.

Organizations: Member of l'Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and the International Academy of Astronautics. Member of the Board of Canada's "Own The Podium" Olympic High Performance Program. Former Governor-in-Council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and member of the board of Queen's University. Les Amies d'affaires du Ritz.

Special Honours: Received one of six Canadian scholarships to attend the Atlantic College in Wales, UK (1980). Greville-Smith Scholarship (1982-1986), highest undergraduate award at McGill University. McGill University Faculty Scholar (1983-1986). NSERC post-graduate Scholarship (1988-1990). Massey College Fellowship (1988-1990). Canadian Council of Professional Engineers; distinction for exceptional achievement by a young engineer (1994). NASA Space Flight Medal (1999). Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade de la francophonie (2001). Knight of l'Ordre National du Québec (2002). NASA Space Flight Medal (2009). University of Ottawa Distinguish Canadian Leadership Award (2009). Carried the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Engineers Canada Gold Medal (2010), highest recognition of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. Inducted in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (2010). NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2010). Officer of the Order of Canada (2010).

Honorary Degrees: Queen's University (1999); University of Ottawa (1999); Simon Fraser University (2000); Université Laval (2000); University of Regina (2001); Royal Roads University (2001); University of Toronto (2001); University of Victoria (2002); Nipissing University (2002); McGill University (2003); Mount Saint Vincent University (2004); McMaster University (2004); University of Lethbridge (2005); Mount Allison University (2005); University of Alberta (2006); York University (2010); University of Waterloo (2010); Concordia University (2010).

Experience: Before joining the space program, Ms. Payette conducted research in computer systems, natural language processing and automatic speech recognition. She worked as a system engineer with IBM Canada (1986-1988); research assistant at the University of Toronto (1988-1990); visiting scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory, in Zurich, Switzerland (1991) and research engineer with BNR/Northern in Montreal (1992).

In June 1992, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) selected Ms. Payette from 5330 applicants to become one of four astronauts. After her basic training in Canada, she worked as a technical advisor for the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), an advanced robotics system contributed by Canada to the International Space Station (ISS).

In preparation for a space mission assignment, Ms. Payette obtained her commercial pilot license, studied Russian and logged 120 hours as a research operator on board reduced gravity aircraft. In April 1996, Ms. Payette was certified as a one-atmosphere, deep-sea diving suit operator. Ms. Payette obtained her military pilot captaincy on the Tutor CT-114 ''Snowbird'' jet at the Canadian Air Force Base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in February 1996. She obtained her military instrument rating in 1997. She has logged more than 1300 hours of flight time. Ms. Payette was Chief Astronaut for the CSA from 2000 to 2007.

NASA Experience: Ms. Payette reported to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August 1996. She completed initial astronaut training in April 1998 and was assigned to work on technical issues in robotics for the Astronaut Office. In 1999 she flew on STS-96 and has logged over 465 hours in space. A veteran of two space flights, STS-96 (1999) and STS-127 (2009), she has logged over 611 hours in space.

From September 1999 to December 2002, Ms. Payette was assigned to represent the Astronaut corps at the European and Russian space agencies where she supervised procedure development, equipment verification and space hardware processing for the International Space Station Program.

Since January 2003, Ms. Payette works as a CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) at Mission Control Center in Houston and was Lead CAPCOM for Space Shuttle mission
STS-121 (2006). The CAPCOM is responsible for all communications between ground controllers and the astronauts in flight.

Space Flight Experience: Julie Payette flew on Space Shuttle Discovery from May 27 to June 6, 1999 as a crewmember of STS-96. During the mission, the crew performed the first manual docking of the Shuttle to the International Space Station, and delivered four tons of supplies to the Station. Ms. Payette served as a mission specialist, was responsible for the Station systems, supervised the space walk and operated the Canadarm robotic arm. The STS-96 mission was accomplished in 153 orbits of the Earth, traveling more than six million kilometres in 9 days, 19 hours and 13 minutes. Ms. Payette was the first Canadian to participate in an ISS assembly mission and to board the Space Station.

From July 15 to 31, 2009, Julie Payette served as the flight engineer on the crew of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the 29th Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. During this mission, also known as ISS Assembly Mission 2J/A, the crew completed the construction of the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, installed scientific experiments on its Exposed Facility and delivered critical spare parts and replacement batteries to the orbital complex. Robotics technology was used almost every day on this assembly mission and Ms. Payette operated all three robotic arms – the Shuttle's Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2, and a special-purpose Japanese arm on Kibo. While the Shuttle was docked to the ISS, the mission featured a record 13 astronauts from 5 different nationalities together on board a single joint spacecraft. It also highlighted the first time two Canadians were in space at the same time. The 16-day mission included five spacewalks, travelling 10.5 million kilometers in 248 orbits around the Earth.

In January 2011, Julie Payette undertook a fellowship as a Public Policy Scholar at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. In October 2011, Ms. Payette became the scientific authority for Quebec in Washington on behalf of Quebec's Department of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. During her assignment, Ms. Payette remained a member of the Canadian Astronaut corps. In July 2013, Ms. Payette retired from the CSA to become Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre as well as Vice President of the Canada Lands Company.

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Canada’s economy pauses in July, no growth from June: StatsCan

Posted on 29 September 2017 by admin


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Loonies are displayed on a map of North America in Montreal on Jan. 9, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Courtesy: The Canadian Press
Published Friday, September 29, 2017.

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the economy took a pause in July, the first month in 2017 that showed no growth.

The Ottawa-based agency says gross domestic product was essentially unchanged, at 0 per cent growth in July compared with June, which marked the eighth month in a row of GDP growth.

  • Goods-producing industries saw a contraction of 0.5 per cent in July while service industries had overall growth of 0.2 per cent.
  • The oil and gas subsector shrank 1.8 per cent, with declines in both conventional and non-conventional production.
  • The manufacturing sector also fell 0.4 per cent overall, mostly because of declines in motor vehicle manufacturing and parts.
  • Growth in services was led by wholesale trade, which was up 2.0 per cent, the highest monthly gain since September 2014.

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Joint Statement by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Poroshenko

Posted on 23 September 2017 by admin


September 22, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, meeting today on the margins of the Invictus Games in Toronto, in which Ukrainian servicemen and women are participating for the first time, affirmed strong and enduring ties between Canada and Ukraine and their joint commitment to the continued deepening of bilateral relations.

“This year, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Ukraine, we reflect on the important milestones achieved since we last met in Kyiv in July 2016.

Expanding Economic Opportunities

“The entry into force of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) represents a historic moment in our bilateral relations. We are committed to working closely together to ensure that Canadians and Ukrainians alike can take advantage of the benefits of CUFTA as soon as possible.

“Through the implementation of this agreement, we are looking forward to boosting bilateral trade between Ukraine and Canada in agriculture, information technology, energy and aerospace. Under CUFTA’s two-year review clause, we will examine the possibility of extending CUFTA’s coverage to additional areas, such as services and investment.

Enhancing Security Cooperation

“Canada is unequivocal in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada reiterates its non-recognition of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn Russian military aggression in Donbas. Canada is committed to maintaining pressure on Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to implement fully its Minsk commitments, including through ongoing sanctions.

“Operation UNIFIER supports the important military training and capacity building efforts undertaken by Ukraine to maintain its sovereignty and security, while fostering a mutually-beneficial learning environment for both Canadian and Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration and to adopt and implement NATO standards through its ambitious agenda of reforms. Canada values Ukraine’s commitment to its relationship with NATO and its significant contributions to Allied operations. Against the backdrop of shared security challenges, we reaffirm our common interest in international peace through our bilateral Defence Cooperation Arrangement (DCA) and our shared commitment to advancing Ukraine’s defence reform agenda. Canada supports Ukraine’s goal of achieving NATO interoperability by 2020, providing both tactical training and strategic advice.

Sharing Common Values

“Canada shares a strong bond with Ukraine, rooted in generations of Ukrainian migration to Canada. We look forward to building on our strong people-to-people ties, including through the promotion of youth mobility, to forge new bonds between our countries for generations to come.

“We recognize the strong progress made in Ukraine’s reform efforts and the launch of Agenda 2020, as well as Canada’s contribution to that progress. Sustained effort will be critical to ensuring durable institutional transformation, unblocking obstacles to reform and unlocking Ukraine’s full potential. We are guided in our efforts and in our outlook by our shared commitment to the values of inclusivity and respect for diversity.”

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Premier Wynne Delivers Historic Address to the Québec National Assembly

Posted on 21 September 2017 by admin



Premier Wynne Delivers Historic Address to the Québec National Assembly.

September 21, 2017.


Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today, following her speech in the Québec National Assembly:

"Today I had the honour of being the first Canadian Premier from outside Québec to address the province's National Assembly. It is a testament to the strength of the relationship between our two provinces and the way our collaborations in Central Canada are building a stronger Québec, a stronger Ontario and a stronger country.

In my speech, I talked about how today's partnership between Ontario and Québec is grounded in a rich history and in our vision of a fairer, better tomorrow. As founding partners in Confederation, we understand that our cultural and linguistic differences do not diminish our union, they enhance it. Diversity is the essential character of Canada. On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Québec has invited all of Canada into an open and democratic dialogue about the diversity of our country and the importance of Québec's place within Canada. Ontario looks forward to continuing to contribute to this discussion. Together, French and English helped build this country, and together, Québec and Ontario can continue to keep it strong.

Sometimes independently, sometimes working together, we are responding to the challenges of a volatile world. Instead of withdrawing, we are being bold, active and innovative. Above all, we are striving to ensure fairness. We in Central Canada understand that in this time of turmoil, we must work harder than ever to build and preserve a fair society. Where our approach differs, it is always grounded in these shared values of equality, fairness and respect for diversity.

Premier Couillard and I are strongly aligned on many issues that affect the people of our provinces, our economies and our climate. We share common ground in our belief that government can be a force for good. And we both believe that if we make the right choices now, we can navigate the turbulence of today's world in a way that helps our people get ahead and puts our provinces on a course towards long-term success.

Tomorrow, Québec will host the seventh joint meeting of our Cabinet ministers. These meetings enable us to work together to address our shared opportunities and challenges. We will engage in a candid dialogue on the current state of Canada-U.S. relations, and we will explore ways we can continue to bolster Ontario and Québec's position as leaders in the innovation economy. This year we will also welcome Governor Jerry Brown of California, and further our common commitment to fighting climate change.

My address to the National Assembly represents a milestone in the relationship between our two provinces. Ontario and Québec are natural allies — our relationship predates Confederation and continues to create opportunities for our people and drive greater prosperity across Canada. I look forward to everything we will do together to grow the economy and create greater fairness and opportunity for people in the days and months ahead."





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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concludes successful week at the United Nations General Assembly

Posted on 21 September 2017 by admin

New York, New York

September 21, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded a successful week in New York, where he participated in the opening of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening multilateralism and the rules-based international order, championing diversity and inclusion, and advancing human rights, including gender equality, women’s empowerment, and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

At UNGA, the Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s pledge to deliver true, meaningful, and lasting reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. He outlined Canada’s efforts on climate change, and the importance of forging progressive trade agreements that emphasize fairness and real benefits for everyone. He also stressed that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls grow stronger economies and communities.

On the margins of UNGA, the Prime Minister met with many of his counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest, including climate change, security, and gender equality, as well as ways to resolve the crises in Myanmar and Venezuela.

Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister joined the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations operations. Canada has contributed $600,000 to the UN Trust Fund on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, in addition to supporting the Special Coordinator on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

On September 19, Prime Minister Trudeau was honoured by the Atlantic Council with the Global Citizen Award for his work on inclusiveness, diversity, and economic growth that works for everyone. At the event, he underscored the importance of fundamental democratic principles for global peace and security, and reiterated that there has never been a greater need for vigilance in the post-war era given the various and complex challenges the world is facing.

The following day, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to thousands of young people at WE Day UN to mobilize youth action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which strive to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, he discussed how leaders can create a more transparent, equitable, and sustainable global economy and pointed to the free trade agreement between Canada and Chile – the first among G7 countries to include a gender section – as a model for others to follow.

At Bill and Melinda Gates’ inaugural Goalkeepers event, Prime Minister Trudeau discussed the importance of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. He welcomed Melinda Gates’ announcement that the Gates Foundation will provide $20 million to strengthen women’s groups worldwide. In June, Canada announced $150 million in funding over five years to support grassroots women’s organizations – which are leading gender equality campaigns around the world, yet remain unrecognized and underfunded. Canada will continue to use its voice to encourage other donors to support grassroots women’s organizations.


“In the face of complex global challenges, Canada will continue to champion diversity, acceptance, and compassion on the world stage. We cannot build a better world unless we work together, respect our differences, protect the vulnerable, and put people at the heart of the decisions we make.”
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada is the fifth largest donor to the UN system.

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