Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden immediately by saying it’s good to be working again with an administration that’s severe about preventing climate change.
“Thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change,” Trudeau mentioned immediately earlier than going into the digital meeting.
“U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years, and I have to say, as we’re preparing the joint rollout and communique from this one, it’s nice the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change and instead adding them in. So we’re really excited to be working with you on that.”
Trudeau mentioned he has been wanting ahead to sitting down with Biden to focus on renewing the Canada-U.S. diplomatic relationship and getting each international locations by means of the pandemic.
Biden, who spoke first throughout the temporary pre-meeting look, mentioned he was wanting ahead to working with Canada to sort out the pandemic and the financial restoration. The president additionally mentioned he seemed ahead to discussing each nations’ approaches to tackling climate change, refugees and migration, and standing up for democratic values at house and on the international stage.
“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 that autocracy works better,” Biden mentioned.
“Equity for everybody, ensuring the benefits of growth are shared broadly, that’s how we are going to win the battle for the future.”
Biden advised Trudeau that each international locations want to get the pandemic below management as quickly as attainable, and that he was wanting ahead to seeing Trudeau in particular person sooner or later.
“The United States has no closer friend, no closer friend than Canada. That’s why you were my first call as president, my first bilateral meeting and of course my vice president spent some time living up in Montréal for high school,” Biden mentioned, including that the communication channels between Canada and the U.S. are “wide open.”
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Trudeau mentioned the meeting will handle methods the allies can work collectively to guarantee a post-pandemic financial restoration.
“We’re also going to dig into the recovery, how we move forward on creating good jobs for Canadians and Americans, strengthening the middle class, helping those working hard to join it. As we move forward, there’s a lot to rebuild,” Trudeau mentioned.
The U.S. roadmap
The White House launched a reality sheet prematurely of immediately’s digital meeting between Trudeau and Biden.
This is Biden’s first bilateral meeting as president.
The reality sheet describes plans for a “road map” for progress in areas of mutual curiosity, together with COVID-19, climate change, defence and social justice. It makes no point out of sure Canadian priorities, such as procuring extra vaccine doses, liberating Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig from imprisonment in China or securing an exemption to Biden’s Buy American plan.
Experts need Ottawa to push onerous for an exemption in order that Canada is not harmed by Biden’s plan to prioritize U.S. companies for federal infrastructure and procurement.
The reality sheet lays out six precedence areas, together with beating again the pandemic, rebuilding the economic system on each side of the border, and plans for a high-level climate ministerial meeting to align efforts to attain net-zero emissions by 2050.
Other areas of focus embody enhancing social range and inclusion, increasing co-operation on continental defence and a modernized NORAD, and restoring a collective dedication to international establishments like NATO and the WTO.
The reality sheet additionally signifies plans to resurrect the North American Leaders’ Summit — a trilateral meeting of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, which hasn’t been held since 2016.