By Anna Wilding on February 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was welcomed to the White House today by US President Donald Trump. When Trudeau met President Obama the chemistry was palpable sparking dozens of “Bromance” memes. Today ‘s meeting was no less meaningful as Trudeau presented President Trump with a photograph of his father the Right Honourable Pierre E. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada with then-businessman Trump. The photograph was taken at the Family of Man award in New York City on Nov. 5, 1981. The elder President Trudeau was given the award for demonstrating an outstanding example of excellence in society.
It was a master stroke by the charming younger President Trudeau, who shares some different ideologies from President Trump, serving to remind Trump personally and professionally his deeper relationship with Canada and it’s people. Canada and United States are close and indispensable allies.
In a joint statement both parties stated, “No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries.”
Both men attended a business round table comprised of over 50 women’s¬†business leaders and jointly created¬†a United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. It is expected the initiative will ¬†promote the growth of women-owned enterprises and contribute further to overall economic growth and competitiveness, as well as the enhanced integration of our economies.
Trudeau said,¬†“C’est un grand plaisir de pouvoir vous √©couter aujourd’hui, entendre les diff√©rentes perspectives et souligner le r√īle important¬†que les femmes ont dans la r√©ussite que nous voulons¬†b√Ętir dans¬†ce monde.”
“It’s a great pleasure to be able to listen to you today, to¬†hear different perspectives and highlight¬†the important role that women have in the success that we want to build in this world.”
On borders, both countries stated a¬†wish, ¬†to expedite legitimate and vital cross-border trade and travel along with¬†an intent on building a 21st century border through initiatives such as pre-clearance of people, cargo, and integrated cross-border law enforcement operations.
In addition, the two countries ¬†committed to a coordinated entry-exit information system so that records of land and air entries into one country establish exit records for the other.
The partnership between the United States and Canada will continue to be unique and a model for the world.