Trudeau and Biden hold first official call Friday night

25 Janvier, 2021, 02:01 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Biden's decision has critics among USA conservatives as well: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader, called it a job-killing "virtue signal" to climate crusaders.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden have agreed to join forces to combat coronavirus in North America and to meet next month, the prime minister's office said following a call between the two leaders.

Trudeau, the source said, raised two contentious topics - Biden's move to scrap a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States and his proposal to introduce a "Buy America" policy that would shut out Canadian firms from lucrative USA government projects. The Prime Minister underscored the important economic and energy security benefits of our bilateral energy relationship as well as his support for energy workers.

Biden, a Democrat who took office on January 20, quickly issued executive orders canceling the Keystone XL pipeline that would import tar sands oil from Canada and rejoining the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

"It's not always going to be flawless alignment with the United States; that's the case with any given president", he told a news conference outside his Rideau Cottage residence. Folks will remember that in 2017, Trudeau - fully backing the Keystone XL Pipeline said: "No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there".

Ottawa pressured to push-back on canceled permit All this leads up to a letter from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to Trudeau and comes one day after a First Ministers meeting where Ontario's Doug Ford, Saskatchewan's Scott Moe, and Quebec's François Legault all pushed the prime minister to take action over Biden's "Buy American" policy.

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"It was a very positive call", the Canadian source said. Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said that "we understand" and "respect" the decision.

Gina McCarthy, the White House's national climate adviser, did not say what policies would be released.

During the chat, both leaders highlighted their main priority as that of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

"They discussed collaboration on vaccines and acknowledged that the two countries' efforts are strengthened by existing exchanges of medical personnel and the flow of critical medical supplies", according to a read out of the call.

A senior government source told Global News earlier that the topic of climate change comprised of a large part of the conversation. Both the prime minister and the president addressed the "urgent" need for action on climate change, their commitment to the Paris Agreement and agreed to work together to achieve net-zero emissions, according to the readout. "Biden really has a fondness for Canada".

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