Ontario Premier Meets With President Of Israel
Premier McGuinty Discusses Next Steps In Research And Innovation With President Of Israel, Shimon Peres
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty met with the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem to discuss next steps in research, innovation, clean water technology and health sciences.
They were joined by Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP Monte Kwinter, MPP Mike Colle and MPP David Zimmer.
During the one-hour meeting, the two leaders committed to continue building on existing partnerships between Israel and Ontario to help strengthen the growing knowledge-based economy.
The Premier also visited Yad Vashem, a memorial museum in Jerusalem honouring all those who perished in the Holocaust. There, in a moving ceremony, the Premier laid a wreath in memory of Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Premier McGuinty is on a five-day mission to promote Ontario's life sciences sector. Israel's life sciences sector has experienced dramatic growth, with 80 life sciences companies being created every year.
- Two-way trade between Ontario and Israel is worth about $1.1 billion.
- More than 200,000 people of Jewish ancestry live in Ontario.
- Ontario was the first jurisdiction outside of Israel to officially recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Israel is a country on the cutting edge of research and innovation, two areas in which Ontario has strong expertise. Building on our strong relationship with Israel, with the potential for new collaborations in the future, is a true compliment to Ontario's researchers and innovators.”