Mr. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France, met in Carbis Bay, UK on June 12, 2021 on the sidelines of the G7 Leaders Summit. They issued the following statement:
The pandemic has hit our countries hard and results in a heavy human toll. Inspired by the resilience of our citizens, and driven by a spirit of solidarity, Canada and France reaffirm their determination to unite their efforts to respond to the multidimensional challenges posed by the health crisis. They reiterate their willingness to cooperate with their international partners, in particular the G7 and G20, to work for a sustainable and fair post-COVID recovery.
Canada and France, on the strength of their historical ties built on a foundation of common values, commit themselves in particular to:
- fight against the pandemic by strengthening multilateral dialogue and solidarity with developing countries, in particular by donating doses of vaccines through the Covax facility;
- create the conditions for a recovery centered on youth, gender equality and fundamental rights, and work to reduce economic inequalities in our societies;
- work together to reform the rules-based multilateral trading system to create a level playing field for business;
- strengthen their security cooperation and strategic dialogue, in the Sahel and within NATO;
- promote the rapid conclusion of a multilateral agreement on cross-border taxation, in particular in digital matters ;
- develop cooperation on artificial intelligence within the framework of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (PMIA);
- make new commitments for gender equality at the Generation Equality Forum, and act for equality, diversity, inclusion and the fight against all forms of hatred, discrimination and violence;
- promote, in their two countries and on the international scene, ambitious objectives in terms of biodiversity protection in view of the COP15 in Kunming, and in the fight against climate change and carbon neutrality by 2050 with a view to the COP26 in Glasgow. This commitment will be reflected in a renewed Bilateral Climate and Environment Partnership, which will be adopted soon;
- develop their cultural exchanges and promote the Francophonie as an expression of cultural diversity and as a space of prosperity and democracy, in particular in view of the next summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Djerba.
Bilaterally and in order to intensify the strengthening of their relations, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic asked their ministers to continue their work in order to prepare the first meeting of a France-Canada Council of Ministers which will take place. will be held before the end of 2021.