Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing St. Wednesday Nov.25, 2015 in London, England.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing St. Wednesday Nov.25, 2015 in London, England.
Photo Credit: PC / Adrian Wyld

Canada will build relations with both Britain and EU: Trudeau


Canada will continue to build its political and economic relations with both Britain and the European Union, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the 28-member trading bloc.

“The UK and the EU are important strategic partners for Canada with whom we enjoy deep historical ties and common values,” said Trudeau, who during the referendum campaign had urged British voters to remain in the EU.

“We will continue to build relations with both parties as they forge a new relationship.”

‘Tremendous economic fundamentals’

Trudeau also sought to reassure Canadians that the country is well-positioned to weather the economic storm triggered by Britain’s referendum vote to leave the world’s largest trading and political bloc.

“Canada has tremendous economic fundamentals that we are strengthening with key investments in infrastructure and measures to grow our middle class,” Trudeau said. “We are well positioned to weather global market uncertainty as we have done in the past.”

The fate of the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement was on the mind of ministers in the Liberal government as well as the opposition Conservatives.

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said she had already spoken with her EU counterpart.

Securing CETA

“I was in touch early this morning with the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, about our commitment to CETA and to deepening our trading relationship,” Freeland said in a written statement.

“We remain committed to growing global trade that is good for Canada’s economy, good for the environment, good for labour, and good for people,” she said.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, whose predecessor — former prime minister Stephen Harper — negotiated the initial Canada-EU free trade deal, urged the Liberal government to “continue to fight for the ratification” of CETA despite Friday’s dramatic results.

Trudeau also thanked British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he will resign by October after voters decided to leave the EU.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank him for being such a close ally and good friend to our country” Trudeau says. “We wish him well.”

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5 comments on “Canada will build relations with both Britain and EU: Trudeau
  1. Avatar Ursula Wagner says:

    last time in this very important and emotional matter,

    Due to massive protests, not only in Germany,the EU Commision changed their mind.

    Now national parliaments ARE needed for CETA approval.

  2. Avatar Ursula Wagner says:

    Dear RCI,
    The EU just decided that national parliaments have NO voice for CETA. And that after the Brexit, lucky British.
    People in Germany are furious. if you want to decide CETA without the national parliaments, against the German population, just go ahead, but expect storm. We got a saying in German:
    Wer Wind säht wird Sturm ernten Who sows wind will harvest storm, and that will come up for sure.

  3. Avatar ursula wagner says:

    I just got informed that on 17.09.there are large demonstrations plant against
    CETA and TTIP in Berlin, Hamurg, Koeln, Frankfurt, Stuttgart. Leipzig and Munich.

    We had already some this year.

    The Swedish trade commisioner Mrs. Malstroem still wants to sign the CETA agreement without asking the national parliaments in the EU.

    That is what the EU in Brussels calls democracy, that is what they call western
    We will see if Brussels realizes how miserable their reputation is everywhere
    in Europe, maybe it is the end of the EU.

  4. Avatar ursula wagner says:

    We remain committed to growing global trade that is good for Canada’s economy, good for the environment, good for labour, and good for people,” she said

    Lies, lies lies, nothing !!! of that would come true,
    CETA and TTIP are nothing than total dictatorship, that is known by now.
    People in the US, Canada and Europe know these promisses are not true, and it looks, that it will or can be stopped.

    But if the EU, Brussels wants to see more referendums, just go ahead

  5. Avatar David EH Smith says:

    BRITS LEARNING; CETA; BACK-DOOR for Corporate ‘AMERICA’, US’s Branch Plants in Canada.
    While TTIP (US-EU Partnership) may be faltering Corporate America’s Plan B
    for ‘managing’ the EU’s financial institutions, et al, via the Canada-EU CETAgreement, is very much alive & the citizens of the EU are still endangered by secret liabilities (eg. The WAD Accord & its Compensation) & secret Death-Star-Chamber CETATribunals.

    NON-RETURNING BRIT MPs Arranging LOBBYING Jobs Have to PASS CETA, TTIP, et al for IMPUNITY, &/or, Future ‘Considerations’. Which Canadians are very Anxious?

    CETA; Back door for Corporate ‘America’s’ Desperate ‘Extortion’ (TTIP); Join in U.S. Increasing Avaricious $17+ trillion Debts/Plunder to harmless taxpayers, or, Scorched Earth, Global Depression? Harmless U.S. taxpayers wait for the ‘shoe’ to drop as ‘Debts’ comes home to ‘Roost’?

    * CETA, et al, base for future changes for Global Corporate Economy; your tax dollars to fund their enterprises & value of shares with No Corp. Liabilities & for their future considerations…

    The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK against Huge Indirect Taxes to pay for Secret Liabilities & Hidden Costs via Tribunal’s (‘Death-Star-Chamber) Punitive Penalties?
    *the ‘harmless’ citizens of the Anti-Global Corporate Economy

    Do the other signatories of the global corporate treaties/’arrangements’ understand how corporate Canada is continuing avoiding its liabilities via its information deprivation (eg. The W.A.D. Accord & The MERKEL {Chancellor of Germany} Letter) & trying to pass its liabilities on to its global corporate associates, their citizens and the citizens of Canada?
    FULL Article see; The ‘EMPIRE’* STRIKES BACK CETA… at