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Today, President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas had a video meeting with Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada Anthony Rota. They discussed improving bilateral parliamentary cooperation, fighting against climate change and the current situation of the spread of COVID-19 virus.  

“Estonia and Canada are having an active and good bilateral cooperation,” Ratas said. “Our countries have been good allies in NATO and partners in the UN.” Ratas thinks that on the basis of the existing good cooperation, it would be possible to contribute more also to the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). “This global forum provides excellent opportunities for discussing topics that are universally important at the parliamentary level, like issues relating to the development of the Arctic, security or climate change,” Ratas added. He invited his Canadian counterpart to co-organise a workshop on measures to combat climate change, which could be held as a part of the IPU Speakers Conference in September in Vienna.

Ratas thanked Canada for their contribution to the security of our region and underlined that Canada’s activities as the framework nation in NATO eFP in Latvia were very important for all Baltic States.

At the meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Ratas also mentioned that there was a sizeable community of people with Estonian roots in Canada. “A community of over 25,000 people equals a medium-size city in Estonia. Last Saturday I had a chance to address the members of the central organisation of Canadian Estonians and to thank them for active participation in both societies,” Ratas said. He also thanked Canada for receiving and supporting these people during World War II.

Ratas and his Canadian counterpart also shared information about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the current state of vaccination and gradual easing of restrictions in Estonia and Canada.

Photos of the meeting (Erik Peinar, Riigikogu)

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