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Webinar spotlights Vietnam-Canada trade in CPTPP in post-COVID era

The Embassy of Vietnam in Canada in coordination with the Canada-Vietnam Trade Council on December 3 held a webinar on “Vietnam – Canada Trade in CPTPP: Ways Forward and Recommendations for the Post-COVID Era”, bringing together about 70 delegates from both sides.

Vietnam and Canada have seen steady growth in bilateral trade over recent years, particularly after the CPTPP took effect in late 2018. Last year, the two-way trade rose by 23.4 percent to 6.1 billion USD. Vietnam is forecast to remain Canada’s largest trade partner in ASEAN with bilateral trade growing 10 percent this year. Read more Webinar spotlights Vietnam-Canada trade in CPTPP in post-COVID era from Viet Nam News.

Statement by the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society
NO to the Promotion of Hatred
YES to the Promotion of  Friendly Relations with the People of Vietnam

July 30, 2020 – The spectacle held today, July 30, 2020, on Parliament Hill to mark the occasion of so-called “Journey to Freedom” day is shameful. It is promoted to Canadians as honouring the “incredible contributions that Vietnamese refugees have now made to building our great country” but the Vietnamese slogans on the banners of those assembled literally promote hatred against all that Vietnam is today: its people, its government, its social and economic system. “Journey to Freedom” is rendered in Vietnamese as  “Tưởng niệm Quốc Hận 30-4″. It refers to April 30 which is the day when National Liberation of Vietnam is celebrated in Vietnam and around the world. The rendering in Vietnamese of “Journey to Freedom” translates back into English as “national hatred day.”

Slogans of hatred do not belong here. The yellow flag of the former colonial occupation regime should not be hoisted on Parliament Hill by the collaborators and agents of that foreign imposed colonial regime. It is as disgraceful and insulting as it would be to fly the flag of Vichy France or the Confederate flag on Parliament Hill.

The Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society calls on the Government of Canada to put a stop hosting this event, stop inciting divisions and conflict within the Canadian-Vietnamese community and stop encouraging, funding and making Parliament Hill available to those who promote hatred against Vietnam.

“Journey to Freedom” Day was established in 2015 by the government of Stephen Harper. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed by three months this year to July 30.

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Statement by Andy Tran, Toronto Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

I am a Canadian-born Vietnamese youth. My parents fled southern Vietnam in the early 1980s. My parents raised me to believe that the three-striped flag of South Vietnam was the only genuine flag of Vietnam. South Vietnam, the puppet regime of the United States raised from 1955-1975 to resist our people’s revolutionary movement, was the only genuine Vietnam to them.

For a long time, I didn’t understand this conflict. I didn’t know why my family hated the one-star flag of Vietnam so much. I didn’t know why all the pagodas we attended flew this flag when the official flag of Vietnam is something different.

Now, having studied the history of my people and our long struggle for freedom, I understand why that three-stripe flag is flown here in Canada. I understand which people fly it, and why. That flag represents a class of Vietnamese who benefited more from the U.S. puppet regime of South Vietnam than a country built upon principles of independence, sovereignty, and a socialist perspective.

Those people quickly fled when the tide turned against them, and here they are now, fifty years after losing the war, flying the flag of a failed US puppet regime that barely benefited them compared to the horrors it ravaged against the masses of our people.

The fact that the three-stripe flag of the failed US puppet regime is being flown in Canada’s capital city doesn’t surprise me. It does outrage me, as do the one-sided narrative that justifies ceremonies like the Journey to Freedom Day. I find it two-faced and shameful for Canada to openly promote a division among my people while at the same time benefiting from its political and economic relationship with Vietnam. My people deserve the unity we fought for, and we deserve for our history to be shown truthfully. We deserve our flag.

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CPTPP – One year later business event
at Toronto City Hall

February 10, 2020 – A Vietnam Business Forum was held on February 10, 2020 at Toronto City Hall, with Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong providing welcome remarks, organized by City of Toronto and Canada-Vietnam Trade Council, on business opportunities from CPTPP – one year later, and sharing experiences of doing business in Vietnam. Speakers included representatives from the Trade Office, Embassy of Vietnam, Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Export Development Canada, and Canadian companies that have done business in Vietnam including B+H Architects, Sun Life, and Deloitte. Vietnam has 13 signed FTAs and several under negotiation. Since 2015, Vietnam has been Canada’s largest trading partner in ASEAN. Read news CPTPP offers opportunities for Canadian enterprises in Việt Nam from Viet Nam News.

Happy Lunar New Year 2020!
The Year of the Rat

January 18, 2020 – Vietnamese Canadians and friends celebrated the Year of the Rat in Toronto. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a New Year greetings to the Canada Vietnam Society. As the theme in 2020 is “ASEAN Business Connected”, the Society also received a greeting message from Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng. Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong was present and gave best wishes to the community. Read news from The Philippine Reporter and Vietnam Plus.

Vietnam’s National Day celebrated in Toronto

August 22, 2019 – The Canada Vietnam Society held a celebration of Vietnam’s National Day in Toronto. Seventy-four years ago, on September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence following the August Revolution (the 19th) when the Vietnamese people ousted France and Japan. Read more.

Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong welcomes
Business Delegation from Ho Chi Minh City

July 12, 2019 – A workshop on business opportunities between Ontario and Ho Chi Minh City was held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre on July 12, 2019. Representatives from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service-Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, World Trade Center-Toronto, Export Development Canada, as well as Canadian companies, spoke at the event.
Toronto and Ho Chi Minh City have a friendship agreement signed in 2006 and renewed in 2017.

Statement to condemn the so-called Journey to Freedom Act (S-219)

April 30, 2019 – As a member of the Canada Vietnam Society, a national organization whose aim is to promote friendly relations between the Vietnamese people and the Canadian people and to promote exchanges, knowledge and understanding between our two countries and peoples, I am very pleased to participate in the conference on April 30, 2019 in Toronto on the Vietnam Ancestral Global Day in commemoration of the Hùng Kings who 4,000 years ago laid the foundation of the Vietnamese nation. Read more.

Celebrating Vietnam Ancestral Global Day in Toronto, April 30, 2019

CPTPP-Vietnam Workshop in Toronto

March 11, 2019 – Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng spoke at the CPTPP-Vietnam workshop, held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre. The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement creates opportunities for Canadian companies in the Vietnam market in the following sectors: education, ICT, agriculture, infrastructure, clean technology, and aerospace.

CPTPP-Vietnam workshop at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre,
March 11, 2019 

Happy Lunar New Year 2019!
The Year of the Pig

February 2, 2019 – Vietnamese Canadians celebrated the Year of the Pig with family and friends in Toronto. Toronto Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Councillor Mike Layton, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng, and MP Julie Dzerowicz spoke at the event and gave their best wishes to the community. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a New Year greetings to the Canada Vietnam Society.