Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that he will hold the first bilateral meeting with newest President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and their cabinets this coming Tuesday, February 23. The meeting follows a commitment by the two leaders during a conversation on January 22, to advance the important work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States. Due to the pandemic, the two leaders will meet virtually.
The agenda for the meeting is expected to advance shared priorities, and working together to end the global COVID-19 pandemic. They will discuss their shared vision for a strong economic recovery, growing the middle class and creating jobs, maintaining strong supply chains, climate change, our bilateral energy relationship, defence and security, and promoting diversity and inclusion.
Canada shares one of the largest trading relationships in the world with the United States, buying more goods from the U.S. than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined. Canada is also the largest supplier of all forms of energy to the U.S.
“Canada and the United States share one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries in the world. It is built on common values, strong ties between our people, and a shared geography. I look forward to my meeting with President Biden, where we will work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic and support people in both our countries.” – The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
During their conversation on January 22, the Prime Minister and President agreed to consult closely to avoid measures that may constrain bilateral trade, supply chains, and economic growth. They reflected on the extraordinary and deeply interconnected economic relationship between the two countries, sharing a view to promote and protect it moving forward.