Justin Trudeau first chief to speak to U.S. president-elect Joe Biden

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

Printed Monday, November 9, 2020 6:32PM EST

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the primary worldwide chief to have personally congratulated Joe Biden on being elected U.S. president, his workplace stated Monday because it summarized a dialog about areas of co-operation – and potential rivalry.

The phone name came about at the same time as Donald Trump refused to concede, making unfounded allegations of electoral fraud. Trudeau had already issued a press release congratulating Biden, who shall be sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony Jan. 20, quickly after media shops declared him the winner Saturday.

The prime minister and Biden mentioned a wide range of subjects, together with COVID-19, local weather change, the necessity to battle anti-Black racism and China’s detention of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in response to a press release launched by the Prime Minister’s Workplace after the decision.

The assertion additionally says Trudeau raised a number of points which have challenged the Canada-U. S. relationship, together with the softwood lumber dispute, U.S. protectionism and the Keystone XL pipeline, which Biden has recommended he desires cancelled.

Biden’s transition crew launched its personal assertion acknowledging the decision – a sometimes routine authorities train that had turn out to be a rarity beneath Trump.

Biden, it stated, is wanting ahead to “working intently” with Trudeau on methods to “advance international well being safety and resilience in opposition to future organic threats; revitalize bilateral financial ties in addition to the broader North American partnership, and to deepen collaboration with Canada to deal with a variety of regional and international challenges.”

These challenges embrace “managing hemispheric migration, strengthening NATO and combating local weather change.”

Earlier Monday, Trudeau confused Ottawa would get up for Canadian jobs and pursuits if the brand new administration sought to erect boundaries to commerce between the 2 nations.

Throughout a information convention saying federal funds to increase high-speed web throughout Canada, the prime minister sidestepped questions on Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud. Trudeau stated he has “confidence within the American electoral course of because it has unfolded.”

When requested what message he would ship to Trump, Trudeau stated his message is similar for each American president: “I’ll work to defend Canadian pursuits. That is my job.”

The election of Biden is a breath of recent air for the Trudeau authorities after 4 tumultuous years coping with the mercurial Trump, who personally attacked the prime minister on a number of events as his administration imposed punitive tariffs on Canadian metal, aluminum and different items.

But Biden has talked about limiting overseas merchandise in his plan to speculate lots of of billions of into the U.S. financial system over the following 4 years as a part of what he has described as a Construct Again Higher technique. That would have a huge impact on Canadian jobs and pursuits.

Canadian Producers and Exporters, which represents greater than 2,500 corporations throughout the nation, is a type of which have expressed concern about Biden’s plans – and referred to as on Ottawa to redouble its efforts to maintain commerce flowing.

“Historically, Democrats have been extra protectionist of their outlook,” CME president Dennis Darby stated in a press release. “Mr. Biden campaigned promising to strengthen the Purchase American Acts and Purchase America, and these insurance policies could pressure Canadian corporations to put money into or relocate to america.”

The CME urged the Liberal authorities to proceed lobbying U.S. senators and state governments to stop an rise in protectionism, in addition to altering Canada’s tax regime to assist enterprise.

Requested about an rise in U.S. protectionism beneath Biden, Trudeau stated Canada has developed quite a lot of expertise in pushing again in opposition to the Trump administration’s tariffs in addition to the negotiation of a brand new North American free commerce settlement.

“The elemental argument that we made each step of the way in which over the previous 4 years – and we’ll proceed to make into the longer term – is the truth that creating or imposing boundaries on commerce between Canada and the U.S. not solely hurts Canada, but additionally hurts staff and firms in america,” Trudeau added.

“The combination of our provide chains, the shut collaboration and co-operation between companies and folks on each side of the border means it is at all times higher for us to have free-flowing items and alternatives on each side of the border as we work collectively to achieve an more and more aggressive international market.”

Scotty Greenwood, a former American diplomat in Canada who now heads the Canadian-American Enterprise Council in Washington, D.C., says it is necessary that Canada not turn out to be complacent on commerce, with the Biden administration taking on after 4 years of Trump.

“There shall be work to be accomplished to ensure that the administration is reminded of the specifics of how built-in we’re,” Greenwood stated. “Nevertheless it’s not going to be the type of elevate it was for the final 4 years.”

Particularly referring to a few of the punitive tariffs and different unilateral commerce actions taken in opposition to Canada by Trump over the previous 4 years, Greenwood stated: “You will not see these sorts of tariffs and people type of threats being levied in opposition to Canada or our different allies in a Biden-Harris administration.”

Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat to the U.S. and vice-president of the Canadian World Affairs Institute, famous that Canada needed to battle a decade in the past when the Obama administration carried out restrictions on overseas items in its personal stimulus spending following the monetary crash.

The Trudeau authorities ought to mimic what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives did again then, Robertson stated, which included enlisting premiers to liaise with U.S. governors and negotiating a reciprocity settlement on procurement.

“It strikes me that Biden will need environmental and labour safeguards and this shall be congruent with our personal strategy,” he added. “It means we must always strategy this bilaterally and purpose for a Canada-U. S. settlement like in 2010 moderately than trilateral (with) Mexico.”

The prime minister additionally stated he’ll maintain working with the Trump administration till Biden takes over on Jan. 20, together with on efforts to get Kovrig and Spavor launched from Chinese language detention.

Trudeau additionally went out of his method to congratulate Biden’s operating mate Kamala Harris, who’s to turn out to be vice-president. He stated seeing a Black and South Asian American lady elected to the vice-presidency was inspiring, and a reminder that everybody has a spot within the corridors of energy.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 9, 2020.