Trudeau's European Tour Mirrors Biden's

On March 23 and 24, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in a European tour which mirrored that of U.S. President Biden. A press release by his office says he held a bilateral meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, delivered an address to the EU Parliament and held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin. He also met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The two delivered remarks at the European Commission Headquarters.

On March 24 he participated in the NATO Extraordinary Summit and a meeting of the G7 Heads of State and Government.

The proffered quote for the media for the Prime Minister's travels reads: "Canada has been working in lockstep with our NATO, G7, and European Union allies and other partners around the world to hold Russia accountable for its ongoing, illegal, and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. Together, we will continue to support Ukraine as it defends its people, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, including through further coordinated economic sanctions and delivering critical humanitarian aid where it is needed most."

The statement from the Prime Minister's office describes his trip as successful, and says that Canada is building on its "coordinated response to Russia's illegal, unprovoked, and unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine." It says the Prime Minister "today announced additional measures to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its invasion."

The Prime Minister's office states that the Canadian Government is: "Imposing new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations on 160 members of the Russian Federation Council for having facilitated and enabled violations of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity;

"Also under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations new prohibitions prohibit the export of certain goods and technologies to Russia, with the aim of undermining and eroding the capabilities of the Russian military;

"Allocating the remaining $50 million, from Canada's $100 million contribution for humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries, including Moldova, to: the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Refugee Agency, the Canadian Red Cross and People in Need to provide immediate assistance where it is needed most; and

Allocating a total $4.8 million to UNESCO to protect Ukraine's cultural and heritage sites."

This article was published in
Volume 52 Number 4 - April 3, 2022

Article Link:


Website:   Email: