President Joe Biden on Friday addressed Canada’s Parliament, emphasizing the United States and Canada’s close relationship in tackling global issues such as climate change, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, recent immigration challenges and fentanyl trafficking along the U.S. borders.
“Nothing is beyond our capacity,” Biden said in his remarks to Parliament. “Canada and the United States can do big things… We’re going to write the future together.”
Biden’s remarks, which follow a long tradition of U.S. presidents who have addressed the Parliament during visits to Canada, came after he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau, in his own remarks, stressed that Canada will work with the United States to address climate policy, security policy and economic policy — saying all three are linked together.
What was discussed: Biden and Trudeau in a bilateral meeting discuss defense spending, clean energy and climate change, how Canada can assist in Haiti and Ukraine, and migration throughout North America.
Biden’s arrival: Biden arrived in Canada Thursday evening and was greeted at Ottawa International Airport by Mary Simon, governor general of Canada, and her husband, Whit Fraser.
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Increase defense spending to address Russia, Ukraine and China
Chinese President Xi Jinping has displayed his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in his war against Ukraine, and the Pentagon has suspected that a balloon shot down last month after crossing the U.S. was sent by China to spy on the United States, all while North Korea continues to test its nuclear capabilities.
The United States wants Canada to do more to help on some of these global issues.
Biden and Trudeau likely discussed defense spending, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“The President will underscore how the U.S.-Canada partnership benefits not only our two countries but the entire world, and that by working together, we can address some of the biggest challenges we face,” Kirby said Wednesday.
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Immigration problems at the U.S. northern border
Migration challenges are hitting the border – the northern border, that is.
There has been a spike in recent months of migrants crossing between Canada and the United States without authorization along the border near New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. The increased number of migrants has caused challenges for local officials in those states and in Canada.
Biden also noted that the two nations are working together to address immigration challenges, as well as fentanyl trafficking in the United States.
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