U.S.-Canadian Relations: A Profound Alliance

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau in Washington, D.C. on March 10 for an Official Visit and a State Dinner at the White House. The visit is a hallmark of the deep friendship and extraordinary cooperation between our neighboring countries.

In remarks to the press after a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama underscored the value of the great alliance and partnership between our two nations. President Obama said, “We’re woven together so deeply -- as societies, as economies -- that it’s sometimes easy to forget how truly remarkable our relationship is.” The President underscored, that while we may not agree on every issue, few nations are aligned as closely as the United States and Canada in terms of our interests, our values, and we approach the world. That common outlook, he noted, is the driving force behind our cooperation on a number of issues ranging from trade to countering the threat of terrorism, acting on climate change, working toward a political solution to the conflict in Syria, global health security, and a host of other efforts.

Later this afternoon Secretary Kerry hosted a state luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Trudeau at the Ben Franklin reception room at the US Department of State. In remarks during the luncheon, he underscored our extraordinary depth of affection and respect that exists between our people, noting those factors in cementing our enduring friendship, and our nation’s commitment to shared interests and shared values. He pointed to our shared role as NATO allies, in joining our European partners in demonstrating solidarity for a democratic Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, our collaboration on counterterrorism in the fight against Daesh, our effort to deepen our trade and investment through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as our ongoing efforts to combat climate change.  

Singling out the historic Paris Agreement as an example, Secretary Kerry reflected on our past collective achievements and looked to the future. He stated, “…In a joint statement released earlier today, both of our countries committed to signing that agreement at the UN on the first day that it is available for signature on Earth Day, April 22nd, and officially joining the agreement this year.”

Today's historic visit reminds us that the United States and Canada have a profound and multifaceted partnership and alliance, strengthened by shared values and interests. Our steadfast cooperation reflects our common history, ideals, and mutual commitment to address the most challenging global issues. 

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President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden of White House in Washington, March 10, 2016.
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