U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to stand together against authoritarian regimes on Friday, during Biden’s visit to Canada, to be achieved in part by reducing their dependence on other countries for critical minerals and semiconductors.
Canada has an abundance of critical minerals used to produce batteries and electric vehicles (EVs), yet China presently dominates the global market.
“I believe we have an incredible opportunity to work together so Canada and the United States can source and supply here in North America everything we need for reliable and resilient supply chains,” Biden said in a speech to the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.
“Our shared prosperity is deeply connected to our shared security,” Biden added. As NATO members, the two countries would “defend every inch of NATO territory,” he underlined.
Tune in as I address the Canadian Parliament. https://t.co/fXAEog5taM— President Biden (@POTUS) March 24, 2023
Throughout history, Canada and the United States have faced many challenges together – and our friendship has endured. Tune in as we strengthen that friendship, as we speak about our shared future, and as @POTUS Biden addresses Parliament: https://t.co/fGwHWaVtzI— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 24, 2023
Trudeau is preparing a budget to be published on Tuesday, aimed at scaling up critical minerals and clean tech production.
Today, @POTUS and I covered plenty of ground. We spoke about growing our economies, creating good jobs for the middle class, supporting the Ukrainian people, fighting climate change, continuing to strengthen the partnership between Canada and the United States, and more. pic.twitter.com/ZiobypN9Jg— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 24, 2023