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Trudeau to meet with Biden on Day 2 of Summit of the Americas

The Canadian Press

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Biden used the summit's opening ceremony to unveil a new hemispheric "partnership" aimed at driving economic growth across the region.

It’s an itinerary worthy of Hollywood: the governor of California, the man who runs Google and the president of the United States.

Day 2 at the Summit of the Americas is shaping up to be a busy one for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

After he meets with President Joe Biden and holds a news conference with Gov. Gavin Newsom, Trudeau will take in the summit’s first leader-level plenary.

He’s also meeting with the president of Argentina before sitting down with Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company.


On June 8, Trudeau spent the day talking to Latin American and Caribbean leaders about helping their countries achieve their sustainable development goals.

Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, says today might be the day to put Canada’s own needs on the table.

“The world is changing and as a response, new alignments are taking shape,” said Hyder, who wants Ottawa to get more assertive with the U.S. on bilateral issues.

Supply chains are changing in real time, thanks to the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and governments are realizing that the private sector has a key role to play, he added.

Canada should be asking, “How are we going to partner? How are we going to address climate change? What are we going to do about supply chain integrity?” Hyder said.

“These are things that we can work on together, the public and private sectors, we need to learn and do more of that if we’re going to help Canada navigate its way through an extremely complicated world.”

On June 8, Trudeau spent the day focused on the ever-present challenges facing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean — challenges that manifest in the U.S. and Canada in the form of economic constraints and migratory pressure.

Biden used the summit’s opening ceremony to unveil a new hemispheric “partnership” aimed at driving economic growth across the region, which the White House says accounts for 31.9 per cent of global GDP.

The new initiative appears to be a continental cousin to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, Biden’s new partnership with regional powers like Japan, India and South Korea to counter the growing influence of China.

It’s also an excuse for Canada to get serious about partnering with the United States, said Hyder, who has excoriated the government for getting left out of the Asia-Pacific network.

“It’s an opportunity for us to not just seem to be, but actually be a reliable partner that the United States can count on to help advance our collective interests,” he said.


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