Speaker of the House of Assembly Releases Report on Visit to Turkey

Perry Trimper, Speaker of the House of Assembly, tabled a report on his recent visit to the Republic of Turkey. On December 7, 2017, the House of Assembly unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the Speaker travel to Turkey as an emissary of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to advance discussions toward a shared goal of establishing a monument commemorating the experience of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Gallipoli during the First World War.

Speaker Trimper was hosted by His Excellency Mr. İsmail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey; and Deputy Speaker, the Honourable Mr. Yaşar Tüzün, in January 2018. Diplomatic and logistics support were provided by the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa, and the Canadian Embassy in Ankara. The program consisted of meetings and events designed to advance discussions with key decision makers in reaching an agreement to establish the monument.