Ottawa, Ontario - June 14, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke today with US President Barack Obama to express condolences for the tragic loss of life following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Canada’s solidarity with the people of Orlando, with the families and friends of the victims, and with the LGBTQ2 community which was so brutally targeted by this act of terror.  The two leaders agreed on the importance of fighting hate and intolerance, and the need to promote and protect pluralism and diversity.  The Prime Minister repeated Canada’s offer to assist in any way it can.

The President said he was grateful to the people of Canada for their support and expressed condolences for the killing of Robert Hall by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. The leaders agreed to continue working together in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.