Camp Toronto (Canada), 11 January 2020: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla and his Delegation to 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC) held a meeting with Hon'ble Ted Arnott, Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Canada) today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that both India and Canada have enjoyed cordial relations based on shared values and pluralistic cultures, that have witnessed a constructive change through increasing economic cooperation, regular high-level visits and people to people contact. Shri Birla lauded the creation of Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group as a welcome step which will not only increase parliamentary cooperation between legislatures of the two countries but also deepen mutual understanding of the functioning of Parliamentary democracy by the exchange of ideas and experiences, since people of both countries have a shared belief in functioning of the Parliamentary institutions. Both India and Canada have worked closely together in the international arena.
Observing that many possibilities exist to boost bilateral business between India and Canada, Shri Birla was happy to note that many Canadian companies regularly see India as an attractive investment destination and more than 400 such companies are presently investing in India. He further said that India is one of the fast emerging economies of the world in facilitating foreign investment and the business- friendly policies of the Indian Government, lowering of taxes and ushering in of 'one nation, one tax' regime has bolstered the confidence of the business community in the Indian economy.
Noting that even though Canada is home to people of many cultures, regions and languages, Shri Birla said that there is 'unity in diversity' in both India and Canada. He expressed satisfaction that the 1.6 million People of Indian Origin living in Canada have rendered invaluable contributions in every field of business, trade, industry, etc. and have worked towards preservation of our joint cultural heritage.
Shri Birla expressed the hope that this visit will further strengthen the relations between the two countries and both India and Canada will continue to share not only parliamentary values and traditions but also cultural, intellectual and business relations. He invited Hon'ble Ted Arnott to visit India and witness how the Indian Parliamentary institutions are working to realize the hopes and aspirations of the nearly 1.3 billion strong Indian people.