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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 109
Monday, May 27, 2024, 3:52 p.m. to 5:28 p.m.
Ali Ehsassi, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Billy Joe Siekierski, Analyst
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
• Michael Callan, Ambassador of Canada in Algeria
• Ben Marc Diendéré, Permanent Observer to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
• Christopher Thornley, High Commissioner for Canada in the Republic of Kenya
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, January 29, 2024, the committee resumed its study of Canada’s approach to Africa.

Ben Marc Diendéré made a statement and, with Michael Callan and Christopher Thornley, answered questions.

Sameer Zuberi gave notice of the following motion:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study of the Indo-Pacific Strategy and Canada’s work to strengthen state-to-state, people-to-people, and business-to-business engagement in the region, as outlined by the Strategy’s five priorities:

  1. promoting peace, resilience, and security;
  2. expanding trade, investment, and supply chain resilience;
  3. investing in, and connecting, people;
  4. building a sustainable and green future; and
  5. fulfilling Canada’s role as an active and engaged partner in the region;
That the study include an examination of Canada’s continued engagement with India and China, as well as:

  1. efforts to strengthen ties across the North Pacific with Korea and Japan;
  2. the opportunities created by increasing people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines as a result of the significant growth of the Filipino-Canadian community;
  3. the Strategic Partnership between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN);
  4. the place of Pakistan – situated at the nexus of the Indo-Pacific, Central Asia, and the Middle East – and other countries on the periphery of the Indo-Pacific region within the Strategy; and
  5. the importance of strengthening relations with Pacific Island nations as they face existential threats of climate change;
That such a study consist of a minimum of six meetings;

That the committee report its findings to the House; and

That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request a government response.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 5:28 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Sophia Nickel
Clerk of the committee