OTTAWA, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), will visit Canada from May 3 to 5, 2017. The two leaders will meet in Montréal on May 4, 2017.
During their meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and Taoiseach Kenny will discuss the strong ties between the two countries and issues of mutual interest, including how to take advantage of opportunities created by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
"Ireland is a close friend, and I look forward to meeting with Taoiseach Kenny to further deepen this relationship. Our two countries enjoy strong family ties, a shared history, and a common purpose. Now, we are collaborating again to ensure that CETA creates good, well-paying middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic."
— Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
- Canada and Ireland share a close relationship, based on strong people-to-people ties, cultural affinities and shared democratic political traditions. Over 4.5 million Canadians claimed Irish ancestry in 2011, making the Irish-Canadian community one of the largest ethnic groups in Canada.
- The two countries also enjoy very strong commercial relations with two-way bilateral merchandise trade worth $2.4 billion in 2016, making it Canada's tenth largest trading partner in the European Union. In that year, Canadian exports totalled $496 million and imports were $1.9 billion.
- In 2015, Canadian foreign direct investment in Ireland was $13.99 billion and Irish foreign direct investment in Canada was $6.28 billion.
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