FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – On Thursday, May 5th, the Hon. Michael Chong, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs held a meeting with Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden about Canada-Sweden relations.
MP Chong highlighted several items with Minister Linde, including:
- Conservatives’ strong support for Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
- Conservatives’ belief in developing closer cooperation between Canada and Scandinavian countries on issues concerning the Arctic.
- Canada being the fifth largest natural gas producer in the world, and the importance of energy supplies to defence and security. Conservatives believe that Canada can be a key supplier of Europe’s energy needs, which will assure liberal democracies’ collective defense and security.
Minister Linde and MP Chong discussed Sweden’s accession to NATO and Canada’s contributions to NATO. They also shared concerns about the war between Ukraine and Russia as well as the threat of autocratic regimes, and discussed the implications for defence, energy, and Arctic sovereignty. They agreed to continue the dialogue on Canada-Sweden relations.