The total cost of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration's trip to Hong Kong and India in April 1996 was $16,169.29, including the expenses of the minister's press secretary who was the only person who accompanied the minister.
The Minister's itinerary during this visit was as follows:
Montreal to New Delhi-April 8 (Monday). Depart Montreal (Mirabel) on British Airways Flt 94 at 21:45 hrs.
April 9 (Tuesday). Arrive London (Heathrow) at 09:05 hrs. Flying time is 6 hours and 20 minutes. Transit time is 2 hours and 40 minutes. Depart London (Heathrow) on Air Canada Flt 896 at 11:45 hrs.
April 10 (Wednesday). Arrive New Delhi at 00:40 hrs. Flying time is 8 hours and 25 minutes. Total travel time is 17 hours and 25 minutes.
April 10 (Wednesday) to April 13 (Saturday). In New Delhi, the minister addressed the Indo-Canada Business Council and met with officials of India's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As well, the minister personally observed for the first time our immigrant and visitor operations abroad.
New Delhi to Hong Kong-April 13 (Saturday). Depart New Delhi on United Airlines Flt 2 at 23:55 hrs.
April 14 (Sunday). Arrive Hong Kong at 07:50 hours. Flying time is 5 hours and 25 minutes. Total travel time is 5 hours and 25 minutes.
April 14 (Sunday) to April 18 (Thursday). In Hong Kong, the minister's key objective was to get a better sense of the realities "on the ground" before reaching crucial decisions which may impact on the flow of immigrants and visitors from Hong Kong. The minister met with Mr. Chris Patten, Governor of Hong Kong; Mr. Peter Lai, Secretary for Security and other officials. As well, the minister addressed the 7th Annual Board of Governors Dinner organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The minister officially opened the Asia Pacific Foundation's Canadian Educational Centre whose objective is to attract more local sutdents to study in Canada. The minister also visited the Canadian International School in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong to Montreal-April 18 (Thursday). Depart Hong Kong on Canadian Airlines Flt 1088 at 13:30 hrs. Arrive Vancouver at 09:50 hrs. Flying time is 11 hours and 20 minutes. Change of equipment. Transit time is 2 hours and 50 minutes. Depart Vancouver on Canadian Flt 1088 (flight continues) at 12:40 hrs. Arrive Montreal at 20:15 hrs. Flying time is 4 hours and 35 minutes. Total travel time is 18 hours and 45 minutes.
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