Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
Prime Minister Trudeau thanked Ms Ardern for her leadership, friendship and valuable partnership during her tenure.
They explored the close relationship between Canada and New Zealand, including people-to-people relationships, shared values, and priorities, such as the development of human rights, integration and gender equality; maintaining a rules-based international order; continuing the fight against climate change; and reconciliation with the Indigenous people is progressing.
They talked about the progress they have made, including the appointment of indigenous governor-generals in both countries. They also discussed ongoing challenges, such as the fight against hate and violent extremism, Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine, anti-government protests in Iran, and the humanitarian and security crisis in Haiti.
They highlighted the positive cooperation between Canada and New Zealand on a variety of topics and at international levels, to help businesses and workers succeed, grow the middle class, and create jobs and more opportunities for people in both countries.
Both Prime Minister Trudeau and Ms Ardern underlined their continued hope for Canada and New Zealand to continue to work together as democratic partners on the global stage under the leadership of the new Prime Minister. New Zealander Chris Hipkins.
Prime Minister Trudeau wished Ms Ardern well as she looks to her future endeavours.