Ottawa, ON – On Thursday, October 22, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong held a phone call with H.E. Roberto Rodríguez Arnillas, Ambassador of Peru to Canada, about Canada-Peru relations.

MP Chong highlighted several items with the Ambassador, including:

  • The warm and growing bilateral relations that Canada and Peru have enjoyed, based on a mutual commitment to democracy, trade and investment, and cooperation in development, education, defence and security.
  • The growing trade relationship between Canada and Peru that was enhanced by the 2009 Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement. MP Chong noted that Peru is Canada’s third-largest trading partner in Latin America and that Canadians have made significant investments in Peru.
  • The need for democracies to work more closely together to counter the increasing threats posed by larger authoritarian states.

H.E. Roberto Rodríguez Arnillas congratulated MP Chong on his appointment and thanked him for the Conservatives’ continued support for Peru. H.E highlighted Peru’s continued involvement in the Lima Group in addressing the situation in Venezuela, Scotia Bank’s operations and CPPIB’s investments in Peru, Canada’s ongoing development assistance to Peru, COVID-19’s impact on Peru, cooperation between Canada and Peru through the National Research Council and Canada-Peru defence relations, and the upcoming general election on April 9, 2021.