Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. president-elect Joe Biden right this moment about their shared priorities, together with the pandemic battle and the battle in opposition to local weather change.
Trudeau stated on Twitter this afternoon that he had simply spoken with Biden and congratulated him on his election.
“We’ve worked with each other before, and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries — including climate change and COVID-19,” he tweeted.
I simply spoke with <a href=”https://twitter.com/JoeBiden?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@JoeBiden</a>, and congratulated him once more on his election. We’ve labored with one another earlier than, and we’re prepared to select up on that work and deal with the challenges and alternatives dealing with our two nations – together with local weather change and COVID-19. <a href=”https://t.co/wldIwLSz5H”>pic.twitter.com/wldIwLSz5H</a>
Sources with direct data of the decision stated that whereas the first focus was the pandemic, the 2 males additionally mentioned the bilateral commerce relationship and the Buy American coverage, China and the extended arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, the Keystone XL pipeline and participation in worldwide our bodies.
An official readout on the decision from the PMO stated Trudeau was the primary worldwide chief to talk with the president-elect.
“The prime minister and the president-elect agreed on the importance of the unique Canada-U.S. partnership and committed to work together to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and to support a sustainable economic recovery in both countries and the hemisphere,” stated the readout.
“The two leaders looked forward to cooperating on the fight against climate change, on migration and on global security, and to working closely together within NATO and the G7. They also agreed on the importance of addressing anti-Black racism.”
Biden’s workplace additionally issued a readout of the decision saying that the president-elect appears ahead to working carefully with Trudeau on combating the pandemic and advancing “global health security and resilience against future biological threats.”
The assertion stated Biden needs to revitalize bilateral financial ties and the broader North American partnership, and to “deepen collaboration with Canada” to deal with hemispheric migration, strengthen NATO and cease local weather change.
“The two leaders also discussed their shared commitment to racial and social justice,” stated the readout.
Earlier right this moment, Trudeau praised the “historic milestone” marked within the United States by the election of Kamala Harris to the nation’s second-highest workplace.
During a information convention in Ottawa, Trudeau congratulated Harris and Biden and stated he appears ahead to working with them to deal with widespread challenges and alternatives. He stated Harris’s win sends an essential message.
“For so many people in Canada and around the world, seeing a woman — and a Black and South Asian-American woman — elected as the next vice-president of the United States is an inspiration and a reminder that everyone’s voice belongs in politics,” he stated.
Biden defeated Donald Trump to turn into the 46th U.S. president after securing sufficient electoral school votes on Saturday.
His win was declared by U.S. networks after days of uncertainty as election officers counted a record-high variety of mail-in ballots. Biden surpassed the mandatory 270 electoral school votes with a win in his residence state of Pennsylvania, although Trump is contesting some states’ outcomes.
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Trudeau expresses ‘confidence’ in U.S. electoral system
Asked if he could have congratulated Biden too quickly, Trudeau stated Canada might be “quite certain” of the outcomes due to the belief positioned within the U.S. officers and establishments tabulating the vote.
“We have confidence in the processes that have operated in the United States,” he stated.
Trudeau stated he’ll proceed to work with the present Trump administration till Jan. 20, when Biden is sworn in.
Asked about Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau stated his focus is on defending Canadian pursuits.
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Other Canadian political leaders additionally provided congratulations to Biden and Harris on their victory.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted that Harris “made history” as the primary lady and first lady of color to be elected VP.
“More importantly, you’ve sparked the imagination for generations of young women to come,” he stated.
Congratulations, Vice President-elect <a href=”https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@KamalaHarris</a>.<br><br>Today, you have made historical past. The first lady and particular person of color to be elected Vice President.<br><br>More importantly, you have sparked the creativeness for generations of younger girls to return.<br><br>Thank you.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul issued an announcement saluting Harris “as she becomes the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States.”
Paul issued one other assertion right this moment pushing for collaborative motion to guard the rights of asylum seekers and deal with local weather change.
“In the fight against the climate emergency, Canada should always be seeking to punch above its weight and show leadership in international efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,” she stated.
Paul urged the leaders of each nations to undertake a carbon tariff scheme on imports from nations with weak environmental information. She additionally known as for a reopening of the Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires asylum seekers to make their asylum claims within the first “safe” nation by which they land.