As Joe Biden was officially sworn in as the new president of the US, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his congratulations on Wednesday morning.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America,” said Trudeau.
“Canada and the United States enjoy one of the most unique relationships in the world, built on a shared commitment to democratic values, common interests, and strong economic and security ties. Our two countries are more than neighbours – we are close friends, partners, and allies.”
The prime minister continued to say that Canada and the US have worked side-by-side to tackle some of the “greatest challenges we have faced in our history.”
“We will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will build back better for everyone. We will also work together to advance climate action and clean economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and create good middle class jobs and opportunities for our people while contributing to democracy, peace, and security at home and around the world.”
Trudeau concluded his statement by saying he looks forward to working with Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress “as we strive to make our countries safer, more prosperous, and more resilient.”
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Former Montreal high-schooler Harris was sworn into the White House on Wednesday afternoon as the first Black and South Asian woman vice president in US history.
Harris lived in Quebec during the 1970s and ’80s while attending Westmount High School. During that time, her mother, Shyamala, was a professor at McGill University.