VANCOUVER, June 20-22, 2014 – Parliamentarians came together to participate in The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Tour hosted by MP Wai Young. The group visited a series of informative and engaging tours, briefings and social events to develop an increased knowledge of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Corridor. The mission of the tour was to establish Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor as the best transportation network facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia. MP Young showed true leadership in British Columbia by acknowledging the importance of this network and seeking to establish a coherence in key policy areas to deliver real benefits for Canadians and international partners. Participants of the tour included the Hon. Candice Bergen, Senator Victor Oh, MP Andrew Saxton, MP Pierre Lemieux, MP Chungsen Leung, MP Larry Miller, MP Brad Trost, and MP Joe Daniel.
Attendees learned of the vast array of opportunities for Canada to expand economic, cultural and trade relations within the Asia-Pacific. First stop on the tour was the Vancouver International Airport which hosts some sixty-eight airlines, continuously connecting people and businesses to approximately 120 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world via chartered and regularly scheduled flights. Parliamentarians learned of YVR’s ongoing efforts on developing airports’ potential as efficient cargo destinations and trans-shipment locations.
The group then continued onto Port Metro Vancouver where they were privy to a briefing discussing how this port is the largest handler of foreign export tonnage and the fourth-largest handler of overall tonnage in North America.
Last stop on the first day of the tour was to the he Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. This foundation is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank on Canada’s relations with Asia who provide current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada’s transpacific relations.
The following day included a briefing and tour of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Infrastructure with the Canadian Pacific Railways where Parliamentarians learned of their initiatives reducing emissions and drastically limiting fuel consumption. In succession, they continued onto a tour and briefing of the Vancouver Shipyards, an important resource for the region’s marine industry operated under Seaspan. In conclusion, the participants travelled to Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver where they enjoyed a reception and Dinner with Seaspan.
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Briefing and Tour of the Vancouver Shipyards with Parliamentarians
A visit to Seaspan in Vancouver, providing marine-related services to the Pacific Northwest
A tour of Port Metro Vancouver with Senator Victor Oh, MP Wai Young, MP Joe Daniel, MP Pierre Lemieux, MP Candice Bergen, Senator Asha Seth, and MP Chungsen Leung
MP Wai Young, MP Candice Bergen, and Senator Asha Seth
MP Wai Young, MP Candice Bergen, Senator Asha Seth and Dr. Arun Seth