A high level Canadian delegation led by Leader of the Opposition of Ontario Province Patrick Brown met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation in various sectors were discussed during the meeting. Punjab government and Canadian delegation agreed to continue contacts regularly in future for increasing cooperation in various sectors.
Talking to the delegation, Shahbaz said that best friendly relations exist between Pakistan and Canada. However, there is a need of enhancing cooperation in education, health and skill development sectors as well as promoting trade and economic relations between both the countries, he added.
The CM said that Punjab government wants to further increase cooperation with Ontario in various sectors and speedy steps should be taken in this regard. He said that lakhs of Pakistanis living in Canada are great ambassador of the country who send precious foreign exchange for strengthening national economy.
Shahbaz said that Pakistan is facing terrorism, energy crisis and other challenges and government is taking all possible steps for steering the country out of quagmire of problems. He said that Pakistan has made tremendous progress in various sectors during last two and a half years under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said that significant progress has been made for eliminating terrorism, extremism and overcoming energy crisis and now Pakistan is a safe, developed and peaceful country as compared to 2013. The CM said that the entire nation, political and military leadership are united for eliminating terrorism. He said that terrorists have no religion and they are enemy of the whole humanity. He said that Pakistan has made great sacrifices in the war against terrorism and it will become a haven of peace as a result of these sacrifices.
He said that effective steps have also been taken for eliminating energy crisis under the leadership of PM Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz said that work is being carried out speedily on various projects for resolving energy shortage. He said that thousands megawatt electricity will be added to national grid after completion of energy projects in 2017-18. He said that the government has put the economy on right direction and the foreign exchange reserves have reached at the highest level of the history. He said that Punjab government has started revolutionary steps for empowering youth of the province. He said that the youth are bright future of Pakistan, therefore, all possible resources have been provided for empowering them.
The CM said that splendid reforms programme is being implemented for the improvement of health sector. He said that digital monitoring system has been introduced for improving the performance of government institutions. He said that we are working round the clock with devotion and dedication for the development and prosperity of Pakistan and the day is not far off when Pakistan will become a developed and prosperous country. Head of Canadian delegation Patrick Brown speaking on the occasion said that the track record of Shahbaz Sharif is full of successes and the reforms programme of Punjab government in health, education and various sectors is marvellous. He said that it had been heard about the successes of Shahbaz Sharif in Canada but we have witnessed it personally in Punjab. No doubt, the determination and vision with which Shahbaz Sharif is serving the people of the province is commendable. He said that the credit of significant development in Punjab province goes to the dynamic leadership of Shahbaz Sharif. Canadian delegation included Senator Salma Ataullahjan, President Canada Pakistan Business Council Samir Dossal and other senior officials. Provincial Ministers Zakia Shahnawaz, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, concerned secretaries and senior officials were also present on the occasion.