Meetings focused on regional issues and bilateral ties between Israel and Canada.
(Communicated by the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa)
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni arrived in Ottawa on March 12, 2007 and attended a brief meeting with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day. The meeting touched on regional security issues and bilateral ties between Israel and Canada.
Following the meeting Minister Livni gave a press conference attended by all major media outlets in Canada.
The Minister was then the guest of honor at a reception hosted at the Israeli Ambassador’s residence in Canada. Minister Livni was received by Canada’s Foreign Minister, Peter MacKay, who said he "admired her grace under pressure and that she truly exhibited a rock-star like quality."
On the following day, Minister Livni began the morning speaking to reporters and invited guests at the Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The Minister spoke about the growing economic fortunes of Israel as a solid place for international business interests, and the need for Canadians to recognize this growth with greater investment. "Canada trades with Israel in a year, what it trades with the United States in a day. This must change." she said.
The afternoon was set aside for meetings with Minister MacKay to discuss furthering bilateral ties and concerns that face both Israel and Canada jointly.
Before traveling to New York to meet with the Secretary General of the U.N., the Minister had a private viewing of the Jacob M. Lowy collection of rare Hebraica and Judeica at Library and Archives Canada.