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Biden to visit Canada, first official trip to the country as president

U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Canada in March, his first trip to the country since taking office.

The official visit was confirmed by officials on both sides of the border on Tuesday, following a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Biden at the North American Leaders Summit.

In 2020, immediately after their election, parliamentarians unanimously agreed to invite Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Canada as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in both countries.

At that time, MPs invited Biden to address Parliament. It remains to be seen whether his itinerary will include an Ottawa address. The last U.S. president to address Canadian parliamentarians was Barack Obama, in June 2016.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump did not travel to Canada during his time in the White House, marking a departure from the usual practice of newly elected U.S. presidents visiting the North early in their term.

Biden was last in Ottawa on official business when he was the guest of honor at a state dinner in December 2016, just weeks before Trump took office.

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