The Government of Canada has done an inadequate job of extending economic
and diplomatic relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). While many
Western nations, including our closest ally the United States, have extended relations
with the Kurds, the Canadian government is lagging behind. "
" The Kurdish Region in Northern Iraq has risen as a beacon of prosperity within
an unstable region and volatile country. It is a pro-Western, democratic region with a
growing economy. The Kurds have established diplomatic ties with a number of nations
around the world. While Canada is beginning to extend ties with the KRG, including
through the opening of a Canada Trade Office in the Kurdish capital Erbil, much more
can be done to advance bilateral relations between the two governments."