Use of Canadian educational curriculum in Chinese schools sparked a sense of pride in Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen when he participated in Canada’s state visits to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia last month.
The Canadian mission focused on developing partnerships in commerce, innovation and education.
“To see the enthusiasm shown by our hosts regarding the use of Canadian curriculum at primary, secondary, post-secondary and graduate levels was a sense of pride for me having been an educator for 34 years,” he said in the House of Commons Oct. 30.
In addition to visits to Chinese universities, the delegation also met with Chinese and Mongolian politicians.
“Our numerous roundtable discussions allowed us to expand and strengthen our economic, cultural, and knowledge-based collaboration,” said Dreeshen.
He told the House of Commons that Central Alberta businesses, as well as organizations such as Access Prosperity and Alberta’s excellent post-secondary institutions can benefit from increased co-operation with China. “It is important that we foster our bilateral trade relationship so that Canadian exporters can thrive in the Chinese market.”
Last year, China became Canada’s second largest export market after the U.S.