Biden to virtually meet with Canada PM Justin Trudeau

By Canadian Press	
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By Canadian Press Canada Australia agree to co-ordinate efforts on regulation of online platforms

Biden will play host to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday for the first bilateral meeting of his presidency, but he will do it virtually.

The first face-to-face meeting between Canada's Prime Minister and the newly minted U.S. Instead, the meeting was held remotely.

"As the leaders of the major democracies, we have a responsibility to prove that democracy can still deliver for our people", Mr. Biden said, in an implicit reference to countries like Russian Federation and China.

But the two leaders made clear they wanted to put the dispute behind them and work together.

What was said on China?

The two were detained in China in an apparent act of retaliation after Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December 2018 on US charges of violating sanctions on Iran.

Biden also reiterated US' support for the release of two Canadians - Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig - detained in China on charges of endangering state security. "We're going to work together until we get their safe return".

Trudeau was the first world leader to congratulate Biden when the Democrat was declared the victor of the November election, illustrating the degree to which the close US ally looks to move on from Trump's four years in office.

"US leadership has been sorely missed over the past years", Trudeau told his American counterpart at the beginning of what was, essentially, a glorified video conference. He was speaking of the US's changed attitude toward climate change, but that kind of sentiment permeated the public portions of the day's events.

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Trudeau thanked Biden - who has put the United States back into the Paris climate accord on reducing global carbon emissions - for his policies on global warming. "I look forward to continue working together to end COVID-19, and build back better to grow the middle class and create good jobs".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, December 9, 2016.

The two nations still have notable differences - on trade and oil pipeline construction in particular - but at least for a day, it was all smiles and promises of better days to come.

"Certainly we expect the prime minister to raise it and the president is ready to discuss it", the official said.

"We expect the president, during the meeting, to highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbours, friends, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies", Psaki would only say.

But the two leaders did not publicly comment on the White House's decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would have transported oil from Canada's Alberta province to United States refineries.

It will be the first official meeting between the two countries since Biden took office on January 20. White House officials said that they are still trying to offer a touch of stagecraft for the meeting.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it would be "an opportunity for the two leaders to review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response, climate change, and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share". -Canada relationship "one of the strongest and deepest friendships between any two countries".

The two leaders intend to resurrect the North American Leaders' Summit - a trilateral meeting of Canada, the US and Mexico, more commonly known as the "Three Amigos" summit, which hasn't been convened since 2016.

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