Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaughan-Woodbridge and the Chair of the Canada-Italy Interparliamentary group just wrapped up a week of meetings in Italy.
Mr. Sorbara was accompanying the Basilicata Cultural Society of Canada on a special visit to finalize the details of the Cultural Twinning between Matera, Italy and the City of Toronto. Matera is based in the Basilicata region of Italy and has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2019. The Basilicata Cultural Society of Canada, whose aim is to preserve and foster the social and cultural heritage of the region, is headquartered in Mr. Sorbara’s riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge.
“The Cultural twinning between two great cities of Matera and Toronto represents a further strengthening in the strong ties between Canada and Italy. With over 80,000 in Ontario hailing from the Basilicata region of Italy – this will be exciting event for the community. This year will also see the implementation of CETA which will allow for the strengthening of trade and investment ties,” said Mr. Sorbara.
During his visit, Mr. Sorbara conducted meetings with Canada’s Ambassador to Italy, Peter McGovern, as well as other Canadian Government officials. Mr. Sorbara also met with Gian Lorenzo Cornado, the former Italian Ambassador to Canada and Chief of Staff to the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano.