Biden, PM chat; U.S., Canada have plenty of common ground to work with, Trudeau says

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WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his piece with U.S. President Joe Biden.

The two leaders spoke by phone for about 30 minutes late Friday — Biden's first conversation with a foreign leader since Wednesday's inauguration.

It was also Trudeau's first chance to express Canada's official dismay at the decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, and Biden's first to explain it.

One of Biden's first actions in the White House was to rescind predecessor Donald Trump's approval for the US$8-billion cross-border expansion project.

Trudeau, however, is urging Canadians to look past the decision and focus instead on all the areas of mutual agreement the two countries can look forward to.

In particular, Trudeau says Biden and Canada share a vision of tackling climate change while fuelling economic growth at the same time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press