(Washington) Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden had a “warm” phone conversation on Friday in which they decided to meet “next month,” the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office said.
In a 30-minute conversation, the new US President and Mr. Trudeau “agreed to meet next month to advance the important work of renewing the deep and lasting friendship between Canada and the United States. United States ”, according to a statement.
The modalities of this bilateral meeting – virtual or face-to-face – as well as the date, remain to be specified, according to Mr. Trudeau’s entourage.
Joe Biden’s administration has a lot in common with Canada, Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as he called on people to look beyond the new president’s decision to abandon the pipeline project’s authorization. Keystone XL.
The two countries have great potential for partnership in the Biden era, especially when it comes to a shared vision of tackling climate change while fueling economic growth, the prime minister said.
“It won’t always be a perfect alignment with the United States; this is the case with any president, ”he said during a press briefing in front of his residence in Rideau Cottage.
“In a situation where we are much more aligned – on values, on priorities, on the work that needs to be done to give everyone opportunities as we build a better future – I look forward to working with him. President Biden. ”
The two men spoke for about 30 minutes late Friday. This was the first phone call from 46e President of the United States with a foreign leader.
Mr. Trudeau expressed Canada’s “disappointment” with the Keystone XL decision and Mr. Biden acknowledged the difficulties it caused, a federal official familiar with the discussions said.
“The Prime Minister underlined the important benefits of the bilateral energy relationship in terms of the economy and energy security. He also underlined his support for workers in the energy sector, ”indicates the report on their conservation unveiled by the Prime Minister’s office.
“The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the urgent need to implement ambitious measures to combat climate change. They reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement and agreed to work together on the issues of carbon neutrality, zero emission vehicles, cross-border transport of clean electricity and the Arctic ”, adds -we.
The “Buy American” plan
Overall, the tone of the conversation was “extremely positive,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details of the call.
Mr. Trudeau also expressed concern about Mr. Biden’s “Buy American” plan to ensure that workers and manufacturers in the United States are the primary beneficiaries of his strategy for economic recovery.
The two have agreed to continue discussing Canada’s concerns about this issue on the table for months as the administration finds its feet, the source suggested.
It took Canada nearly a year to negotiate waivers of similar rules in 2010, when Barack Obama’s administration was preparing to spend more than $ 800 billion to recover from the Great Recession.
Mr. Biden’s plan will also include a “Buy American” office operating directly from the White House.
It will also include executive orders to enforce, expand and further tighten the provisions, a strategy to make US products more competitive, and expand the list of “critical materials” that must be made in the United States.
The new administration will also inherit a Mr. Trump-fueled feud between US and Canadian dairy farmers, with all the hallmarks of the softwood lumber dispute.
Keystone XL discontinuation worries Alberta
Earlier on Friday, Mr. Trudeau said the federal government would be there to support oil workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are affected by Mr. Biden’s decision on Keystone XL.
But there is little doubt the fight is far from over, especially if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has his say.
“The United States is setting a deeply disturbing precedent for any project and any collaboration between our two nations,” Kenney wrote in a letter to Trudeau he posted on Twitter Friday.
“The fact that this was an election promise doesn’t make the decision any less hurtful. Our country has never given up on our vital economic interests simply because a foreign government campaigned against them. ”
Mr. Biden believes that a rapid economic recovery should not come at the expense of the environment, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
The Keystone XL project, first proposed in 2008, has bounced back in the White House over the years: it was stalled throughout Barack Obama’s two terms before being canceled outright in 2015, then resurrected in twice by Mr. Trump.