Ottawa, Ontario - February 6, 2019

Today, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

The Prime Minister thanked Mme Lagarde for her work to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of women and girls, including through the G7 and G20, and they discussed the upcoming Women Deliver Global Conference in Vancouver in June.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Mme Lagarde discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, and the urgent need for international assistance to support Venezuela’s economic recovery and sustainable transition to democracy. The Prime Minister noted Canada’s commitment to humanitarian aid and development support, which will be focussed on meeting the basic needs of those most affected by the crisis, including migrants and refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries.  

They also discussed the arbitrary detention of two Canadians in China, the application of the death penalty to a third Canadian in China, and the importance of safeguarding international norms, including diplomatic immunity, judicial independence and respect for the rule of law.