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[WATCH] ‘Whole world benefits from a strong EU’ – Trudeau

'You are a vital player in addressing the challenges that we collectively face as an international community... the whole world benefits from a strong EU'

16 February 2017, 7:25pm
Justin Trudeau with European Parliament president Antonio Tajani
Justin Trudeau with European Parliament president Antonio Tajani
 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a rousing speech at the European Parliament, telling MEPs that the EU is vital to the world’s peach and prosperity.

Speaking in both English and French, Trudeau said that the EU was an unprecedented model for cooperation and that an effective European voice was essential on the global stage.

“You are a vital player in addressing the challenges that we collectively face as an international community. Indeed, the whole world benefits from a strong EU,” he said.

Trudeau was speaking a day after the European Parliament passed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU. He said that Canada and the EU need to ensure that the trade deal – which is set to come into force within months -  worked for everyone.

“If we are successful, Ceta will become the blueprint for all ambitious, future trade deals. If we are not, this could very well be the last. So make no mistake, this is an important moment for us.”

At a press conference after his speech, Trudeau was asked about his recent meeting with US President to Donald Trump and said that while there may be differences in “perspective or ideology”, be believed the US shared the same goals.

In reference to his talks with Trump, Trudeau said: “We are very much focused on what we are going to do to help the middle class and help those working hard to join it.”