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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, where they discussed the importance of maintaining and expanding the world's most comprehensive trade relationship.  The two leaders underscored the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation on a range of global issues, including their commitment to NATO, the counter-ISIL campaign, supporting Ukraine, and combating global climate change. The Prime Minister highlighted his initiatives to improve the welfare of Canada's First Nations and praised the Vice President's work to develop policies to reduce violence against women and girls.  The Vice President emphasized the importance of strengthening the North American partnership between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and noted that the region has the potential to become the epicenter of the world's energy market. The two leaders pledged their commitment to a hemisphere that is democratic, middle‎ class, and secure.