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PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. Prime Minister, it’s good to see you. And I want I may reciprocate the hospitality you gave me after I visited Ottawa as Vice President in 2016. The earlier we get this pandemic below management, the higher. And I sit up for seeing you in individual sooner or later.
As you recognize, to state the plain — we had a personal discuss this a short time in the past — the USA has no nearer buddy — no nearer buddy than Canada. That’s why you have been my first name as President, my first bilateral assembly. And, in fact, my Vice President spent a while dwelling up in Montreal for highschool. And so our channel of communication is — are vast open.
As you recognize, we have now a sturdy agenda at the moment. And — and we’re all greatest served when the USA and Canada work collectively and lead collectively in shut coordination on a full vary of points we’re going to debate: COVID-19, financial restoration, local weather change, refugees and migration, combating for our democratic values on a world stage, and — and strengthening our personal democracies at residence.
We spoke about this on the G7, but it surely’s value saying once more: I imagine the leaders of the key democracies, we have now — as leaders of the key democracies, we have now a duty to show that democracy can nonetheless ship for our folks. There are a variety of leaders world wide who’re attempting to make the argument autocracy works higher.
Empowering the total participation of our folks, increasing alternative and fairness for everyone, guaranteeing the advantages of progress are shared broadly: that’s how we’re going to win the battle for the long run.
So thanks once more, Mr. Prime Minister, in your partnership and your enduring dedication to the U.S-China relation- — U.S.-Canadian relationship. We’re going to speak about China. And I’m wanting ahead to a really productive dialogue.
The ground is yours, Mr. Prime Minister.
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: Thanks very a lot, Mr. President. It’s so good to see you, Joe. And it’s such an excellent alternative for us to — to take a seat down and discuss not nearly this extraordinary friendship between our two international locations, however all of the work we have now to do collectively to get by way of COVID, but in addition to maintain ensuring we’re — we’re pulling our weight world wide and making the world a greater and safer place for everybody — not simply with this pandemic, however with every little thing else as effectively.
It’s an actual pleasure to have the ability to — to see you at the moment alongside Vice President Harris. I’m glad to be joined right here by our Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and our Overseas Minister, Marc Garneau, whose — whose birthday it’s at the moment. So it’s a particular celebration for him.
Plenty of issues to speak about. Clearly, COVID and the way we’re going to maintain our residents protected is prime of thoughts. However we’re additionally going to dig into the restoration; how we transfer ahead on creating good jobs for Canadians and People; strengthening the center class — serving to these working laborious to affix it. As we transfer ahead, there’s — there’s quite a bit to rebuild.
We’re additionally going to speak about local weather change. And — and thanks once more for stepping up in such an enormous manner on tackling local weather change. U.S. management has been sorely missed over the previous — previous years. And I’ve to say, as — as we’re making ready the — the joint rollout and communiqué from this one, it’s good when the People are usually not pulling out all references to local weather change and, as an alternative, including them in.
So we’re actually excited to be working with you on — on that. Tons — tons extra to do.
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I’m actually wanting ahead to participating with you all on — on these points over the approaching hours, however particularly wanting ahead to attending to know your entire workforce as effectively.
Vice President Harris, it’s nice — nice to see you right here. I’ll flip it over to you now.
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Thanks, Mr. Prime Minister. It’s good to see you. It was good to talk to you on the first of February.
And because the President stated, I spent a lot of my teenage years dwelling in Montreal when my mom was instructing at McGill College and doing her analysis on the Jewish Normal Hospital there. So I’ve fond reminiscences of my — my time in Montreal, and it actually left me with a long-lasting impression about how a lot our two international locations have in frequent by way of shared values and priorities.
And because the President has stated, we have now quite a bit to do, every of us. And collectively we will do a variety of it in addressing COVID; in addressing the influence of the pandemic on our international locations; the place we have now prospects to work collectively, not solely by way of the general public well being and financial struggles of our nation, but in addition what we have now by way of shared values round addressing the challenges of local weather change.
We sit up for working — with you on that and plenty of others. We’re neighbors. We’re associates, as a rustic. And
the challenges that we face not solely are, as we have now stated, about COVID and local weather change; additionally, because the President will discuss and has talked about, our challenges by way of China and Russia and what we will do by way of working collectively on that, and dealing collectively by way of strengthening and modernizing the U.N. and WTO.
So we sit up for working with you. It’s good to talk with you. And I’ll now flip it over to Deputy Prime Minister Freeland. And I sit up for listening to from you. Thanks.
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER FREELAND: Properly, Madam Vice President, it offers me such pleasure to handle that time period on to you.
And I’ve to let you know, your election has been such an inspiration for ladies and ladies throughout Canada, particularly for black ladies and ladies and for South Asian ladies and ladies. So a lot of them have instructed me that instantly.
I’m so wanting ahead to working with you and your administration on conquering COVID, on working collectively to make sure our economies can come roaring again.
I couldn’t agree extra with what the President stated: that we have now an actual duty now — all of us — to point out that democracy can ship for our folks, for Canadians, for People, and for the entire world. And with the friendship of everybody on this room, in that individual room, I’m fairly assured we’re going to do it.
(As interpreted.) Madam Vice President, we’re very pleased with you, and all the ladies and ladies in Canada are very pleased with you, in fact. And I do hope that after COVID is over, we can meet in individual. And certainly, French — I’m, myself, an English speaker, and French is a tough language to be taught, however I do imagine that’s effectively value it.
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Moi aussi. Merci beaucoup.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: Properly, earlier than we go on, I need to be sure you know Anthony Blinken, our Secretary of State, sitting right here. And the man down right here on the proper hand facet is a man named Jake Sullivan, and he’s the Nationwide Safety Advisor. And the Nationwide Safety Council Senior Director for Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzalez, who often speaks Spanish to me, which I’ve hassle with as effectively.
I instructed you, Mr. Prime Minister, I took 5 years of French at school and faculty, as effectively. And after I — each time I attempted to talk it, I’d make such a idiot of myself, I ended attempting. A minimum of after I strive Spanish and I make a idiot of myself, they snigger with me. At any price, thanks very a lot. And the press is about to go away the room right here, and we will get to enterprise.
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