By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in a meeting on Sunday that the Philippines and Canada have a great opportunity to collaborate in many areas to further their bilateral relations.
“I know there’s a tremendous opportunity to work together, and I’m looking forward to doing just that,” Trudeau said.
“We have some very strong Philippine-Canadian members of parliament and members of my team who are very happy that we’re able to launch a new area in our friendship and our partnership and I’m very much looking forward to it,” Trudeau told Marcos.
According to Trudeau, the Philippines and Canada can collaborate to strengthen economic cooperation, build a better future, stand up for women’s opportunities, protect human rights and fight climate change.
Marcos responded that the integration of Filipinos in Canada serves as a strong foundation for Philippine-Canada relations.
“They all seem to have become part of the workforce, become part of society. They have found their place and they had been given that place by the Canadians, and for that, they are grateful, and we are grateful. And I think it is — it serves as a very good foundation for whatever else that we feel that we can do together,” Marcos said.