John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia (B.C.), visited Guangdong recently as the first stop on his trip to Asia. Although this was his first official visit to Guangdong, John Horgan said the province had caught his attention much earlier, when he was still a young man in the 1980s.
Ma Xingrui, Governor of Guangdong, meets with John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia (B.C.).[Photo\Guangdong Foreign Affair Office]
“During my time working for Michael Harcourt, I remember he was so excited to sign the sister relationship with Guangzhou as the Mayor of Vancouver in 1985, and then took it to the provincial level with Guangdong as the Premier of B.C in 1995,” said John Horgan, “and now I have the same feeling about personally taking this relationship forward that I have had for over twenty years.”
Located in the westernmost part of Canada, B.C. is held to be the country’s gateway to the Pacific.
Long before the establishment of the sister relationship, Guangdong and this province in the far north of Canada developed ties as early as the 1880s with close connections in trading, culture and people exchange. As a result, Vancouver has become home to the second largest Chinese community in North America (San Francisco being the largest).
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia (B.C.), accepts an interview with Newsgd.com during his trip.[Photo\Newsgd.com]
John Horgan said most of the early Chinese immigrants to B.C. came from Guangzhou, and that these Chinese Canadians have proved fundamental to the development of B.C’s economy. For example, he mentioned that George Chow, his Minister of State for Trade, was actually born just outside the airport here in Guangzhou.