The Canadian Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with the new US president and the new vice president.
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“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America,” said Justin Trudeau.
Prime Minister Trudeau recalls that Canada and the United States have “one of the most unique relations in the world” based on solid ties as well as common values and interests.
“Our two countries are more than neighbors since we are also close friends, partners and allies,” added the Prime Minister
Mr. Trudeau assures that, as it has done in the past, Canada will continue to work with the United States to meet challenges, including the fight against COVID-19.
“I look forward to working with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, their administration and the United States Congress to seek to make our countries safer, more prosperous and more resilient,” the Prime Minister concluded in his statement.
His statement made no mention of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project that Mr Biden is preparing to block by presidential decree.
The Canadian prime minister was the first foreign leader to pick up the handset to congratulate Mr Biden in person, in the days following the November 3 election which saw incumbent President Donald Trump bite the dust.
The Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa, Conservative Erin O’Toole, also congratulated Biden on Wednesday, as did New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh.