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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas talked with the governor general of Canada about closer cooperation on e-health

27. November 2019 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 27 November 2019 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada, to talk about our digital and defence cooperation and the close ties between the two countries.

The prime minister emphasised that the Estonian–Canadian digital cooperation is excellent. “During my visit to Canada last year, I signed a memorandum of understanding with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on digital cooperation. Today, we can say that the memorandum has improved communication between the experts of the two countries and boosted the exchange of information, which can only be welcomed,” said Ratas. “I am pleased that Canada is interested in an even more active collaboration in the field of e-health. Estonia is ready to share its experiences in the development of e-health solutions and personal medicine. One of the links between digital development and healthcare is, for example, the question of how to effectively protect personal data.”

Ratas and Payette also talked about cooperation in NATO. “We are united allies in NATO and we are pleased that Canada is contributing to the security of our region with an increased allied presence in Latvia and joining the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn,” Ratas said. The prime minister emphasised the importance of maintaining unity before next week’s NATO summit in London, adding that it is important not to forget the countries that need our help. For example, Ukraine, who works closely with both Estonia and Canada.

Speaking about the large Estonian community in Canada, Ratas said that Estonia is grateful and will never forget how Canada helped Estonians who were forced to leave their country during and after World War II. “Your kindness and friendliness helped to create a strong Estonian community in Canada that kept the dream of a free Estonia alive during the occupation. Today, young people can study at universities in both countries and travel between the countries without any bureaucratic restrictions. During the Cold War, Estonians dreamt of a world like this, where all avenues are open to young people.”

At the meeting, Ratas and Payette also talked about Estonia’s future work in the UN Security Council, Estonia’s plans to apply for an observer status at the Arctic Council, and the global fight against climate change.


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