Prime Minister Trudeau participates in a panel discussion moderated by the Wilson Centre
First of all, on ending COVID, Canada and the U.S. have been working together, as would be expected, not just with partnerships on healthcare and research, on supply chains that continue to flow across the border, even though the border was closed to non-essential travel for about a year and a half. We were able to keep things going in a way that supports people on both sides of the border, and we’ve also been working together on getting vaccines to the world, and in partnering to make sure that this global crisis is seen through in the best possible way.
And that’s yet another example of ways in which Canada and the U.S. are aligned.
We’ve also… obviously working together on the rebuilding post-COVID, and that means getting supply lines and supply chains back up and running after having paused our economies for significant periods of time, after seeing significant disruptions, as we work to stand up for workers and create better prosperity and jobs, as we recover from this pandemic, and as we look to continue to defend our communities, our democracies, our principles, our values in a world that has been significantly disrupted.
And one of the things that continues to disrupt is the advent of climate change.
That’s why I was so pleased to be in Glasgow a few weeks ago, positioning Canada again as a significant leader in the fight against climate change. The U.S. leadership over this past… these past 10 months has been extraordinarily important for the world, but we all have to be stepping up. Canada has actually moved forward with putting a price on pollution, and we won two elections on it as well, so it can be done, that you put a price on carbon pollution and support families as we move towards transforming our energy mixes. We’ve also… we’re putting a cap on our oil and gas industry and we’re going to be reducing the emissions there as well.
These are the kinds of things that we need to do at home, but also with partners continentally, but also around the world, and we’re going to continue to keep working on this.
There are many major challenges we’re working on, whether it’s vaccination, the economy, or the fight against climate change, we’ll continue to work with our partners.
Because we do better things when we’re all working together, and that’s what Canada-U.S. relations have been all about, and that’s what we’re going to continue to work on over the coming years. Thank you.