Justin Trudeau walks to the podium for his first press conference knowing he'll become Prime Minister of Canada

VIDEO: Trudeau talked ISIL, environment with Barack Obama

The incoming prime minister spoke with the soon-departing American president a day after the Canadian election.



Justin Trudeau held his first press conference knowing he’ll become Prime Minister of Canada on Tuesday in Ottawa, a day after his Liberals won 185 seats and a majority government in the 2015 federal election.

Trudeau said he’d spoken with American president Barack Obama, who is closing in on the final year of his second term in the White House, and they discussed ISIL, the environment, and grey hair – “He said that I will probably get some quite soon, just like him,” Trudeau said (via CBC).

“We talked about Canada’s continued engagement as a strong member of the coalition against ISIL, and I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way,” Trudeau told reporters. “He understands the commitments I’ve made around ending the ending mission.”

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In June, Trudeau said an elected Liberal government would end Canada’s bombing mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and his position was criticized by the ruling Conservatives in the run-up to Monday’s election – sometimes, in controversial formats.

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is hoping for Canada to continue along the path set by Harper’s government for both the mission against ISIS in the Middle East, and with the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

“The fact is there are a whole range of issues where the United States and Canada worked effectively together to advance the interests of our two countries,” said Earnest, who added that Obama would be calling Harper on Tuesday, as well (files from Canadian Press).

“We certainly are appreciative of Prime Minister Harper’s efforts to strengthen that relationship. We look forward to building on that kind of progress when Mr. Trudeau takes over the Prime Minister’s Office.”

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