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Hague (Netherlands)/Canadian-Media: A new era of partnership between Canada and the Netherlands was called by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday while speaking in the Hague's Binnenhof with dozens of Dutch parliamentarians in attendance.
Trudeau and Princess Margriet from Netherlands. Image credit: Twitter handle of Justin Trudeau
Trudeau said the two allies are uniquely qualified to work together to tackle some common challenges such as rising online extremism, inequality and the existential threat of climate change.as he cited Canada's liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi rule during the Second World War.
"If our two countries are bound together, and I know that we are, it is not only by our shared history. It is by our common future," Trudeau said in his 20-minute address, delivered in the 13th century Ridderzaal, a former castle that is used for official visits and the annual state opening of parliament.
Specifically citing conspiracy theorists, intolerance and "marginalized angry people online" Trudeau said.
"We are not on the front lines of a world war as our grandparents were. That does not mean, though, that we can sit back and just assume the work they started is done. My friends, our work is just beginning," he said.