Mar 23, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has kicked off a whirlwind trip to Brussels, and will address the European Parliament Wednesday on his second visit to the continent this month.

The prime minister’s plane touched down at a Brussels military base Wednesday morning.

Trudeau’s speech is set to stress the importance of countries on both sides of the Atlantic working together to defend democracy in the face of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

It will be Trudeau’s second speech to European parliamentarians, following a 2017 address that was meant as a shot in the arm for a continent reeling from Britain’s vote a year earlier to leave the European Union amid the election of Donald Trump in the United States.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says Europe can expect to hear a similar message in a new context: Canada’s solidarity with the people of Ukraine as Europe confronts its biggest security threat since the Second World War.

Two weeks ago, Trudeau developed a similar theme in a speech to an international audience at the Munich Security Conference, where he called for a re-commitment to democracy in the face of rising authoritarianism.

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