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Analysis: What Trudeau needs from Biden now

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Life for Canada atop its volatile southern neighbor is like bedding down in a nice apartment built above a meth lab, according to a quote often attributed to late American comic Robin Williams.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau complained about US steel and aluminum sanctions imposed on spurious grounds that Canada was a national security threat, then-President Donald Trump blasted him as "very dishonest and weak. " Another time Trump asked the PM, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" -- referring to the War of 1812.

There was palpable relief in Canada when Joe Biden — who will hold his first virtual bilateral summit with a foreign leader on Tuesday when he "meets" Trudeau, moved into the Oval Office.

Biden, a man of courtesy and diplomatic decorum, was quick to get Trudeau on the phone and assure Canadians that friendships across the vast (and Covid-closed) border are back on track.

Biden's abrupt cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing Trump's reversal of an Obama administration move, was a stinging blow to Canada.

And Trudeau could do with more than a few platitudes from Biden.

So watch for whether Biden sprinkles a little of his newly stocked political capital on the somewhat embattled PM.

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