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Morning Brief: Trudeau to receive Biden’s first foreign leader call while Kenney calls for trade sanctions – iPolitics

Jan 21, 2021

Good morning,

— We’re number one: U.S. President Joe Biden’s first call to a foreign leader will be with Trudeau tomorrow. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, confirmed the news in her first briefing. It likely won’t be all smiles and cheer, however, as they will have to discuss Biden’s decision to nix the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Trudeau nonetheless offered his congratulations to Biden, saying, “Our two countries are more than neighbours — we are close friends, partners, and allies.” Other world leaders — including U.K. Prime Minister Johnson, French President Macron, European Council President Michel, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian President Abbas, and even Venezuela’s Maduro — have also welcomed the new president.

— Kady O’Malley looks ahead to the rest of the day in politics with iPolitics AM: Trudeau will be joining “the final round of the extended virtual pre-sitting cabinet huddle that got underway last week, as well as a tele-check-in with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Later tonight, he’ll join Public Services Minister Anita Anand, Scarborough – Rouge Park Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree and ‘frontline workers’ for a private ‘virtual engagement … to highlight the contributions of Tamil Canadians.’”

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