Poilievre brought up the shared defence of North America, and ‘Buy America’ exemptions among other issues.
Official Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre held a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Following the meeting, Poilievre spoke to reporters about what was discussed:
“Pierre Poilievre speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. The Conservative leader says he raised issues including ending softwood tariffs and getting an exemption for Canada on “Buy America” provisions.”
Pierre Poilievre speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. The Conservative leader says he raised issues including ending softwood tariffs and getting an exemption for Canada on "Buy America" provisions.#cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/XzUpXizkcJ
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) March 24, 2023
On Twitter, Poilievre called for the U.S. to lift vaccine mandates on unvaccinated Canadians.
Millions of good decent Canadians are blocked from travelling to the U.S. because of vaccine mandates that protect no one.
I encouraged President Biden to lift these mandates, so our people have the freedom to travel across the border.
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) March 24, 2023
Poilievre also released a statement following the meeting.
“Today, Mr. Poilievre met with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.
Mr. Poilievre welcomed President Biden to Canada on his first state visit since his election as President. Mr. Poilievre and President Biden both noted the historic shared friendship between Canada and the United States.
Mr. Poilievre discussed foreign election interference in Canadian elections, committed to supporting common national defence interests, and to invest in the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to keep our people safe.
Mr. Poilievre also expressed his desire to end softwood lumber tariffs that hurt both the Canadian and American economies, exempt Canada from “Buy America” rules that drive up costs and drive down wages, and to lift COVID vaccine requirements for Canadians visiting the United States.”
There are many areas of overlap between the Conservatives and the United States on some key issues. With the United States pushing for more Canadian national defence spending, the Conservatives have long-pledged to increase the military budget and bring Canada to the 2% NATO target, something the Liberals have refused to do during Justin Trudeau’s entire time in office.
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