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August 26, 2022
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, welcomed the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, to Canada from August 24 to 26. With stops in Edmonton, Alberta, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and Cold Lake, Alberta, the two leaders advanced progress on shared priorities, and focused on threats to transatlantic security and the rules-based international system. They also discussed continuing to support Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion, as well as the impacts of climate change on defence and security.
On August 25, in Cambridge Bay, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General visited one of the sites of the North Warning System, which is part of a network of sensors that enable the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to safeguard North America. The two leaders also visited the Canadian High Arctic Research Station to witness the work being done to study the impacts of climate change on permafrost, weather, and the ecosystem and understand their consequences.
The Prime Minister and the Secretary General met with Cambridge Bay residents, community leaders, and Indigenous Elders, to hear first-hand about how a warming climate is changing Canada’s Arctic and to discuss the key role Northerners play in Arctic security. The leaders also visited Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Cambridge Bay as part of Operation NANOOK.
On August 26, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General travelled to 4 Wing Cold Lake, one of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s bases that support NORAD operations and serve as a hub for domestic and international fighter deployments, including NATO enhanced air policing under Operation REASSURANCE.
While in Cold Lake, Prime Minister Trudeau and Secretary General Stoltenberg held a bilateral meeting to advance shared priorities including Canada’s ongoing commitment to NATO and additional support to the Alliance’s eastern flank, continued assistance to Ukraine, the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA), taking ambitious climate action, and the establishment of the NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence in Montréal. The leaders also discussed Canada’s recently announced plan to modernize its continental defence, including $38.6 billion over the next 20 years which will bolster NORAD capabilities, and thereby strengthen NATO’s western and northern flanks.
“Keeping people safe is our top priority. From helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s brutal invasion, to taking ambitious climate action, Canada and NATO are working closely together to advance our shared priorities. Canada will continue to work with NATO and our Allies to fight climate change, improve Arctic defence and security, support Ukraine, and reinforce the rules-based international system. Together, we will build a safer, more peaceful, world for everyone.”
The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
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