British Columbia, Punjab assemblies keen on partnership pact

Chandigarh: Raj Chouhan, Deputy Speaker of Canada’s British Columbia Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday called upon Punjab Speaker Rana K.P. Singh here and discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership agreement between the two assemblies.

He also conveyed congratulations to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on behalf of British Columbia Premier John Horgan for winning the elections early this year.

During the half an hour interaction, Chouhan, legislator from Burnaby-Edmonds in Vancouver, handed over a draft partnership agreement to his counterparts besides discussing various issues being faced by both houses, a Punjab government statement said.

He also conveyed that the Speaker and the Clerk of Legislative assembly of British Columbia would like to visit Chandigarh to meet Rana K.P. Singh to finalise the agreement.

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Chouhan said Horgan is interested in strengthening the bilateral ties, trade relations and cultural relations between the two states.

Welcoming Chouhan, the Punjab Speaker said it was a matter of pride that Punjabis like him attained height in various fields at Canada.

He said the initiative taken by the British Columbia Speaker would be a learning experience for both states as legislatures of the both states can learn many things from each other.