Ontario And Portugal Strengthen Partnership
Premier McGuinty Meets With Portuguese President In India
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, said they would work together to strengthen their people and economies by focusing on common areas of interest such as education and innovation.
"There is enormous potential for greater partnership between Ontario and Portugal," said Premier McGuinty. "We share many things, but above all, we share an understanding that education and innovation are essential for building economies that can compete -- and win -- in the global economy."
Premier McGuinty and President Cavaco Silva met in Bangalore. Both were attending the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit. The summit brings together international business leaders and government representatives to help create partnerships on the world stage.
At the summit, Premier McGuinty told President Cavaco Silva about Ontario's deep connection with Portugal, highlighting how Portuguese-Canadians have helped to create a stronger province for all Ontarians.
"Portuguese immigrants were essential to the growth of Ontario's postwar economy, but they did more than that -- they raised strong families and helped anchor our communities," said Premier McGuinty. "And they passed along a vibrant, unique Portuguese-Canadian culture."
Pointing to the hundreds of thousands of people of Portuguese descent living in Ontario, President Cavaco Silva agreed that Ontario and Portugal have great opportunity to grow stronger, together.
Premier McGuinty was also part of a panel on multilateral trade with Portugal's Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Manuel Pinho.
"Portuguese-Canadians have helped make our province what it is today and continue to help Ontario prosper," said Premier McGuinty. "I invite President Cavaco Silva to visit Ontario to explore the many ways we can become even stronger partners in the future."