Canada’s Prime Minister has finally made contact with soon to be President of The United States, Donald Trump.
Justin Trudeau says his talk with Trump, on Wednesday, was a brief congratulations and chat about the importance of the relationship between Canada and the U-S.
I’ve just spoken with President-elect Trump – and we agreed to meet soon to keep building the Canada-US relationship.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 10, 2016
The PM was in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Thursday for the reopening of a local Veteran Affairs office which replaces one in Cape Breton city shut down as a cost-saving measure under the Harper government.
“Canadians expect me to work with whomever Americans elect to be their president,” said Trudeau, “it is important that the prime minister and the president have a constructive working relationship.”
After the PM’s address on the opening, he was questioned by reporters on the change in U.S. leadership.
When asked how he would explain Trump’s presidency to his daughter, he stayed on topic with building a positive relationship.
“I told my kids that the relationship between Canada and the U.S. is a deep and positive one.”
On the government’s environmental plan, including a national carbon price, Trudeau said a Trump presidency may recast America’s climate-change priorities, however, it would not change Canada’s position.
Trudeau saying he sees carbon pricing as a means of fostering innovation and improving the economy, and went on to say failing to fight climate change would have a big economic downside.
Trudeau has worked closely with current U.S. President Barack Obama on a climate agenda, announcing major reductions in methane emissions and a broader North American climate and clean energy strategy.
However, the new president-elect believes climate change is a hoax, and wants the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Trump has also been pushing plans to promote the exploration and development of fossil fuels, including coal.
The Prime Minister’s Office says they have invited Trump to visit Canada at the earliest opportunity and the president-elect has offered Trudeau a similar invitation to visit Washington.