On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden confirmed that Biden would be coming to Canada for a state visit this March.
The trip was announced during a meeting at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, after Canada revealed it would be buying a US missile defence system for Ukraine. The trip would be the first of its kind since Biden was elected in 2020.
During their meeting the two leaders touched on a wide variety of issues including Canada’s recently announced bid to buy F-35 fighter jets to replace aging equipment at the Royal Canadian Air Force.
A readout from the Prime Minister’s Office highlighted discussion on trade including critical minerals for the development of electric vehicles.
“The two leaders discussed the critical importance of North American trade, competitiveness, and supply chains, including critical minerals and semiconductors,” claimed the readout.
Similarly, a statement from the White House further elaborated on how to turn North America into a “clean energy powerhouse.”
“President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau discussed the generational opportunity to strengthen supply chains for critical minerals, electric vehicles, and semiconductors and to unleash the full economic potential of our shared continent,” the White House said.
Other issues raised by Trudeau included discussion surrounding the NEXUS backlog, as well as justice for the victims of Flight PS752 which was shot down by Iran in 2020.
“The Prime Minister and the President discussed their mutual commitment to tackling the climate crisis,” the PMO wrote.
Additionally, the White House stated that “migration issues” were raised during the meeting.
“Both leaders also underscored the importance of continued collaboration on migration issues, particularly in expanding legal pathways and increasing refugee resettlement — centerpieces of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection,” wrote the White House.
Trudeau will remain in Mexico for the remainder of the “Three Amigos” summit where he will have rolling meetings with Biden and Mexican President AndreS Manuel Lopez Obrador.