Nov 09, Colombo: A delegation from the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is in Sri Lanka for a three day visit. The multiparty delegation's presence will strengthen bonds with an important Commonwealth partner with which Canada has deep and longstanding, economic, social and people-to-people ties.
The delegation is led by Ms. Yasmin Ratansi, MP. She is accompanied by Mr. Matthew Jeneroux, MP, Thomas Mulcair MP, Sen. Salma Ataullahjan and Sen. Marilou McPhedran.
In welcoming the delegation, the High Commissioner of Canada, David McKinnon stated that the Government of Canada believes that the Commonwealth plays an important role in promoting and upholding its core values of respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, which are critical for the development, prosperity and well-being of all countries.
"This visit will reinforce the historic ties between our two countries and their national parliaments, and allow for an exchange views on progress on peace and reconciliation, which is crucial to Sri Lanka's future."
In that regard, the Chair of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Yasmin Ratansi MP, stated "I am pleased to be leading another delegation of Canadian parliamentarians to Sri Lanka. This will be my second visit in 2017 and I look forward to another opportunity to advance economic and political ties, discuss the role of the Commonwealth in today's world, and to see first-hand the progress being made in reconciliation.
The delegation met with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of National Dialogue, Coexistence, & Official Languages Mano Ganesan.
The delegation will meet with a range of senior ministers, officials, civil society leaders and the Canada-Sri Lanka business community. The delegation will also visit a Canadian-funded International Organization for Migration (IOM) project in Ratnapura, providing humanitarian and reconstruction support to those most affected by the devastating floods earlier this year.