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President of the European Council Charles Michel, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen leaves a news conference in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Friday, November 24, 2023, the second day of the Canada-EU Summit.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Canada's support for Ukraine in its war with Russia on Friday, announcing aid in arms and ammunition for Kiev, at a time when this war seems to be overshadowed by the conflict. bloody relationship between Israel and the Hamas movement in Gaza.

From St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he gave a joint press conference with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of the 19th Canada-European Union Summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced nearly $60 million in military aid, coming from Ontario manufacturer Colt Canada.

Today, I am announcing that Canada is donating more than 11,000 assault rifles and machine guns as well as more than 9 million rounds of ammunition.

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

This shipment is part of the $500 million in funding for military assistance announced in June.

Mr. Trudeau also plans to deploy an official representative to the G7 Multi-Agency Donor Coordination Platform to help Ukraine rebuild.

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Insisting on the need to help Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, the Prime Minister recalled that Canada has been one of the countries most supportive of Ukraine since the start of the war.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">We're going to be there with Ukraine for whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, he said.

Mr. Trudeau and European leaders reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution in the Middle East and displayed a united front against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Prime Minister was not kind to the conservative opposition, which he accused of turning its back on Ukraine by behaving like right-wing and far-right politicians who cite reasons provided by Vladmir Putin.

He called Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre's explanation that his troops voted against it absurd and ridiculous. a free trade agreement with Ukraine at second reading stage earlier this week because the bill favors carbon pricing.

The Prime Minister once again had to defend carbon pricing, a few weeks after the opening of a breach in Canadian policy on the matter .

He further explained that the changes which result in an exemption from carbon pricing for homes heated with natural gas aim to make this pricing fairer for citizens. This is a transition, while homes are equipped with electric heat pumps.

I think it's very important to understand how Carbon pricing is an important tool, not only to combat climate change, but also to create economic opportunities for our entrepreneurs, our families and to help with the costs of living.

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen touted the price on pollution as a strategy global reduction of greenhouse gases.

This transition must be fair, just, and it's complicated, nuanced Mr. Michel .

He presented the principle of carbon pricing as a powerful and rather effective instrument for encouraging behavioral changes.

Mr. Michel also argued that this type of measure serves to give a signal [to] economic actors so that they can identify which are the spaces for investments that are compatible with this climate commitment.

Ms. Von der Leyen, for her part, clarified that carbon pricing has worked in Europe despite the pressure exerted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine on energy issues.

Economic cooperation was not left out. The Prime Minister reiterated Ottawa's commitment to ensuring the full and effective implementation and expansion of our cooperation under the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU), including continuing to work with the EU to encourage the ratification of these agreements by all its member states.

Canada and the EU therefore continue to collaborate under the Enhanced Canada-EU Hydrogen Action Plan and the Canada-EU Strategic Materials Partnership firsts.

At the Summit, leaders reiterated their commitment to strengthening their partnership to achieve the common goal of the G7 to mobilize $600 billion in financing, through the Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership, including through the Global Gateway initiative.

With information from The Canadian Press

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