Minister of State Ablonczy to Travel to Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax on Americas and Consular Outreach Tour

(No. 295 - October 11, 2011 - 1:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), will undertake an outreach tour to Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax from October 11 to 14, 2011, to exchange views on issues pertaining to consular affairs and to advance Canada’s priorities in the Americas.

“Last year, 56 million Canadians made visits outside the country. With so many Canadians travelling abroad, it is important that they understand what consular services are and are not available to them before they go,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “This tour will be an opportunity to expand our dialogue with key partners to discuss this important consular information. Our common goal is to help Canadians travel safely.”

During the three-day tour, Minister of State Ablonczy will meet with consular stakeholders involved in such fields as travel health and international university-student exchange programs, with airlines and outgoing tour operators, as well as with colleges offering international travel and tourism programs.

Minister of State Ablonczy will also meet with companies and organizations working in the Americas, including the Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI), CARIS, the Chambre de Commerce Latino-Américaine du Québec, LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. and JASCO Applied Sciences.

“Our government’s top priority remains the economy and creating jobs for Canadians. Our conversations with these Canadian organizations and companies will provide us with additional tools to enhance prosperity here at home and for the hemisphere. We will also discuss some of the region’s other fundamental challenges, including security and democratic governance,” said the Minister of State.

With this tour, following on her outreach in Ontario and Western Canada over the summer, Minister of State Ablonczy will have undertaken the first-ever cross-Canada ministerial outreach on consular matters and engagement in the Americas.

Minister of State Ablonczy will be available to speak to media throughout the tour. For more information, please contact the Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office at 613-995-1874.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

John Babcock
Senior Communications Adviser
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
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