Thanks to Caribbean Press Releases.com for sending us a copy of Canadian Prime Minister Harper’s statement about his visit to Barbados.
Let us sum up Prime Minister Harper’s statement for you…
“Prime Minister Arthur and I had a wonderful chat. I have promised that our two countries will chat again in the future. I am facing an election soon and so is the Bajan PM, so part of the deal is that we have to stand here and look statesmanlike.
I’m really pissed that he slapped me in the face over the Cuba comment.
Now… get me outta here and off to Haiti where I can show concern and reap some real votes from Haitian-Canadian immigrants in the coming byelections. Where’s my limo?”
Statement By Canada’s PM Harper On His Visit To Barbados
July 23, 2007 — Prime Minister Arthur and I had a very cordial and constructive meeting during which I stressed that Canada’s New Government is committed to strengthening the Canada-Barbados relationship.
We view Barbados as a key partner in the region. We enjoy long-standing commercial relations and cultural ties. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Trade Commission here.
Today our shared objectives include economic growth, security cooperation, and regional cooperation in the Caribbean.
Prime Minister Arthur and I had a good discussion on regional economic integration and the main challenges facing small Caribbean states.
I assured him that Canada intends to develop a new partnership with CARICOM members to provide support for economic renewal, security challenges and democratic governance.
Canada will have a sustained high-level presence in the region; will engage more actively with its key regional partners; and we will display leadership within regional organizations and institutions.
As I mentioned, this year marks the centennial of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Barbados.
I would like to thank the Government of Barbados for agreeing to partner in the conference that the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association will be holding next January to mark this centennial.
Prime Minister Arthur, on behalf of our government, I would like to thank you and the people of Barbados for your warm welcome and hospitality.