“Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada Before Virtual Bilateral Meeting”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2021)–today President Joe Biden held his firs bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. The President and the Prime Minister  was joined with Vice-President Kamala Harris, and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland of Canada,  

President Biden:

  •  President Biden said today–we’re all best served when the United States and Canada work together and lead together in close coordination on a full range of issues we’re going to discuss: COVID-19, economic recovery, climate change, refugees and migration, fighting for our democratic values on a global stage, and — and strengthening our own democracies at home.
  • Biden added “I believe the leaders of the major democracies, we have — as leaders of the major democracies, we have a responsibility to prove that democracy can still deliver for our people. There are a lot of leaders around the world who are trying to make the argument autocracy works better.”
  • Empowering the full participation of our people, expanding opportunity and equity for everybody, ensuring the benefits of growth are shared broadly: that’s how we’re going to win the battle for the future, said Biden.
  • “So thank you again, Mr. Prime Minister, for your partnership and your enduring commitment to the–U.S.-Canadian relationship. We’re going to talk about China,” added Biden.

Prime Minister Trudeau:

  • While we’re focused on ending COVID-19, we’re also finding ways our two countries can support the middle class, create good jobs, tackle climate change, and strengthen trade. It’ll take teamwork to achieve these things – and we’re getting to work right away.
  • PM Trudeau said “We’re also going to talk about climate change. And — and thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change. U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past — past years. And I have to say, as — as we’re preparing the — the joint rollout and– it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change and, instead, adding them in.”

Source: White House

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