BOLTON, ON – David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, and President of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, hosted a meeting in Toronto today, with members of the European Parliament’s Delegation Responsible for Relations with Canada.
The European delegation represented several European states including: the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, and Cyprus. Several Members of Parliament (MPs) also attended the meeting including: Lois Brown (Newmarket-Aurora) and Corneli Chisu (Pickering-Scarborough).
During the meeting, the delegation and MPs discussed Canada-European Union (EU) relations and more specifically, the negotiation of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which is set to be completed by 2012. Several other issues of common interest were also discussed including: Arctic policy, energy security, immigration, the financial crisis, and recent events in northern Africa.
“Today’s meeting with the European Parliament’s delegation signifies the dynamic nature of Canada-EU relations; a deep friendship, which is based on common values and interests, as well as co-operation on a broad range of areas,” said Mr. Tilson. “This is an ideal occasion to have a fruitful exchange of ideas with our European colleagues on various approaches to such significant policy issues, such as the Greek debt crisis, visa requirements for EU member states, and the conflict in Libya.”
The discussions resulting from today’s meeting will set the foundation for the 34th annual Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between Canada and the EU. Mr. Tilson will be leading an all-party Canadian parliamentary delegation to this meeting that will take place in Strasbourg, France, and Copenhagen, Denmark (which will hold the next presidency of the European Union), this September.