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 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