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Canada PM Trudeau says he will express concern about pipeline job losses with Biden

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would express his concern about job losses caused by Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline when he speaks to the new U.S. president later on Friday, but added that the U.S. and Canada were now “much more aligned” on other matters.

“I will express my concern for jobs and livelihoods in Canada, particularly in the west, directly in my conversation with President Biden,” Trudeau told reporters.

He went on to add: “We are much more aligned on values, on focus, on work that needs to be done to give opportunities for everyone while we build a better future.”

Canadian Governor General Julie Payette, the representative of the country’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth, quit on Thursday amid allegations of workplace harassment in an embarrassment for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The resignation has no immediate implications for the Liberal government. The governor general has a largely ceremonial job such as swearing in governments and formally signing legislation, but can on rare occasions be asked to settle constitutional questions.

Trudeau also said on Friday he had talked to Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla about shortages of the firm’s COVID-19 vaccine and said the next few weeks would be challenging.

Trudeau told reporters that despite the current shortfall in deliveries Bourla had assured him the firm would be able to stick to its commitment to ship 4 million doses to Canada by the end of March.

(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)

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