— Trip to focus on bilateral and commercial ties including progressive trade opportunities
December 1, 2017 – Markham, ON – Today, Mary Ng, Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill and Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament for Scarborough North, held a joint press conference at the Markham Board of Trade to discuss the Prime Minister’s upcoming trip to China.
Joined by representatives from Markham’s business community, including Huawei Canada and academic institutions, including Seneca College and York University, Ms. Ng shared her goal of ensuring that Markham remains a beneficiary of strengthened economic ties and partnerships to China.
“As one of Canada’s most diverse cities and Canada’s Hi-Tech capital, Markham is uniquely positioned to benefit from a strengthened economic relationship with China,” said MP Mary Ng. “Businesses in Markham and across Canada will benefit from access to the world’s second biggest market to diversify, create jobs and grow the middle class”
MP Ng also reiterated the government goal of helping Canada’s academic institutions continue to attract top academic talent, as well as new opportunities for international student recruitment and exchanges through a stronger relationship with China.
Ms. Ng and Mr. Chen will join Prime Minister Trudeau from Dec 3 to 7th as he meets with the Chinese government and business leaders to build on the progress that the two countries have made since the Prime Minister’s first official visit to China in September 2016. Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to promote a progressive trade agenda and tourism initiatives that will create good, middle class jobs and more opportunities for people in both countries. In advance of the trip, the Prime Minister also stated that a closer relationship means more opportunity to hold regular, frank dialogue on human rights issues like good governance, freedom of speech, and the rule of law.