Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has provided Canadian metal and lumber to assist rebuild France’s fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.
Throughout a go to to Paris on Wednesday, Trudeau referred to as it an “extraordinary honour” to witness the enduring landmark and present Canadians’ solidarity with their “French cousins.”
“This was a horrible, horrible hearth, however we won’t assist however marvel at how a lot was saved, at the same time as we did lose a lot,” he stated.
“Canada will stand with France and make sure that we provide all of the assist, whether or not it is metal, or wooden or no matter assist we will. That is actually a bit not simply of French historical past, however of world historical past that must be preserved, and we might be there to be a part of it.”
The cathedral was devastated by an April 15 blaze. Flames burst by the roof of the centuries-old constructing and engulfed the spire. That ultimately collapsed, adopted by the roof.
In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau stated Canadian associations representing metal and lumber producers have already expressed their want to contribute to the rebuilding efforts.
“It’s with pleasure that Canada will assist guarantee the way forward for this iconic French image for future generations,” he wrote.
Trudeau is in Paris to signal a world pledge geared toward bringing governments and social media corporations working collectively to stem the unfold of violent and extremist content material on-line.
Freeland meets U.S. counterpart
His supply of Canadian metal for France’s cathedral restoration comes as Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland meets with her American counterpart, U.S. Commerce Consultant Bob Lighthizer, in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in a continued effort to resolve the dispute over metal and aluminum tariffs.
The 2 are anticipated to debate China’s ongoing commerce actions in opposition to each nations, with Freeland making the case that Canada would have a tough time ratifying a revamped NAFTA deal whereas U.S. tariffs stay in place.
Final June, the U.S. Division of Commerce slapped tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian metal and 10 per cent on aluminum, citing nationwide safety pursuits.
Canada retaliated with personal tariffs of 25 per cent on metal and 10 per cent on aluminum, but additionally imposed a 10 per cent tariff on a number of client gadgets, focusing on U.S. politicians in states the place these merchandise are made.
That product checklist included Kentucky bourbon, garden mowers, ketchup, maple syrup, home equipment, boats, and lots of different gadgets. The federal authorities stated it was focusing on items that Canadians may in any other case purchase from home suppliers.
Since then, the Liberal authorities has rolled again a number of the retaliatory tariffs, together with ones imposed on leisure boats, whereas others stay in place.
Freeland can even maintain a sequence of bilateral conferences with members of Congress.