Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would highlight during his conversation with Joe Biden on Friday his “concerns” over the President’s decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline, while welcoming the “new era” s ‘opening between the two neighbors.
In that scheduled afternoon phone call from the new US president’s first to a foreign leader, “I will express my concern for jobs and livelihoods in Canada, especially in the West,” said Mr. Trudeau at a press conference.
The Canadian Prime Minister admitted that many “people in Western Canada” were “very disappointed” by the President’s decision to block this controversial oil pipeline project between Canada and the United States.
“We will continue to be there to support workers across the country and defend their interests against the United States,” he said.
He was quick to add, however, that President Biden was “much more aligned, (not) only with my values as Prime Minister, but with the values of Canadians.”
For example in the fight against climate change, against Covid-19 and for inclusion and diversity, he mentioned.
“This doesn’t mean that everything is going to be fine with the United States, there are definitely going to be challenges,” he added. “This is the case with any president.”
“But to be able to agree on the values and the approach and to have real discussions on how we will improve the situation for all the people who live in Canada and the United States” marks the beginning of “a new era ”for“ friendship ”and“ Canada-US work and I look forward to starting this afternoon with Mr. Biden, ”he concluded.
The Canadian prime minister, who had a notoriously difficult relationship with Donald Trump, had praised himself for being the first leader to speak on the phone with Biden shortly after his election in November 2020.