8th Annual Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill


8th Annual Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill


June 28, 2019

Global Korean Post


On June 13th, 2019 the Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group (CKIFG) and the Canada Korea Society (CKS) jointly held the 8th Annual Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill.


The evening also included a dinner reception hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. It was a successful event with Parliamentarians, His Excellency Maeng-ho Shin (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada), Korean War Veterans, members of Canada Korea Society, government officials, regional community leaders and stakeholders in attendance.    This year’s theme was “Future Prospects for Security and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in Asia” with special focus on trade post Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) and recent Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Summits.


Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra opened the dialogue on behalf of the Honourable James Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification. The discussion was moderated by The Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator and Member of Parliament Ali Ehsassi, Co-Chairs of CKIFG; and Ms. Young-Hae Lee, CKS President.


The panel presentation featured three distinguished speakers:

  • His Excellency Maeng-Ho Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada: “After Hanoi, Next Steps for a Peaceful Resolution to the North Korean Nuclear Issues” • Lieutenant General Wayne Eyre, Deputy Commander of the UNC in Korea: “The United Nations Command’s Contemporary Role for Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula” • Amb. (Ret’d) Leonard Edwards, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada / Former Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea: “In a More Challenging World, Korea and Canada can Forge a Closer Partnership”


“… I am most delighted that the event was an unqualified success with a large, knowledgeable, enthusiastic audience and Distinguished Presenters.” ~ Young-Hae Lee, CKS President


“The North Korean nuclear issue is existential matter to South Koreans. South Korea’s role is to keep the momentum for dialogue alive, and ultimately, seek substantive progress. In order to make progress in negotiations under the cloud of mistrust, we believe that all parties need to make amicable gestures that can chip away at this trust deficit. And we must work to ensure that dialogue reaps visible results, no matter how small, preferably at the earliest possible stage.” ~ Ambassador Maeng-Ho Shin, Embassy of the Republic of Korea.


“Our dialogue is both timely and relevant for the future of Canada-Korea relations. It has been an honour to serve CKIFG as co-chairs working towards supporting and strengthening peace, cooperation and friendship between Canada and Korea. As we conclude the 42nd Parliament, we look forward to celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Canada Korea FTA and commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Breakout of the Korea War in 2020. These historic moments will be marked following the CKIFG Annual AGM with the group’s newly elected executives.” ~ Sen. Yonah Martin and MP Ali Ehsassi, Co-Chairs of CKIFG


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