Toronto : The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, will visit Ottawa on October 25, 2018.
Canada and the Netherlands share a rich history and deep friendship rooted in decades of cooperation and generations of people-to-people bonds.
During their meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Rutte will underline our countries’ common commitment to build economies that benefit everyone, promote international peace and security, champion free trade, advance gender equality, and fight climate change. They will also explore how to further leverage the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which is creating good jobs, growth for the middle class, and new opportunities for people and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Prime Minister Trudeau will then host a lunch with Prime Minister Rutte and representatives from Canadian and Dutch companies to identify opportunities for increased trade and collaboration between our two countries.
The two leaders – who have both worked as teachers – will then take part in a town hall event with local high school students. They will discuss the importance of education, civic engagement, and how best to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
During his visit, Prime Minister Rutte will deliver an address to Parliament. This will be the first time that a Dutch prime minister addresses the Canadian Parliament. He will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the presence of Canadian veterans who served during WWII.