The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on june 6th met with the President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries and their partnership in the Americas.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Boric re-affirmed their commitment to work together as progressive leaders on issues that matter to Canadians and Chileans alike, including promoting democracy and safeguarding human rights, generating economic growth that creates good jobs and benefits everyone, protecting the environment, and furthering meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Boric strongly condemned Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine and highlighted their unwavering support of Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
The leaders also pledged to work together to support internationally displaced persons, including the millions of refugees and migrants fleeing Venezuela to seek a secure future in the hemisphere.
Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that Canada will co-sponsor the America for the Protection of the Ocean Declaration, a Chilean initiative for countries to work together to protect the Pacific Ocean. This underscores Canada’s commitment to keeping our oceans and coasts clean and healthy and fighting climate change. Building on Canada and Chile’s ambitious climate action, the two leaders also issued a joint statement identifying pollution pricing as one of the most efficient ways to cut emissions and create jobs, and agreed to work together to promote its adoption in the Americas and beyond.
During the visit, Canada and Chile signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment to establish a framework to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Prime Minister Trudeau also welcomed Chile’s decision to join the Freedom Online Coalition, a group of countries dedicated to ensuring that the human rights people have offline, are also protected online. Canada is serving as the Chair of the coalition for 2022, with a particular focus on reinforcing democracy by ensuring informed and engaged publics can participate meaningfully in society.
Later this afternoon, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Boric will meet with high school students for a discussion on the environment and climate change, leadership, democracy, and gender equality.
Following this visit, the leaders will travel to Los Angeles to attend the Summit of the Americas from June 8 to June 10.