“This was a terrible, terrible fire, but we can’t help but marvel at how much was saved, even as we did lose so much,” he said.
“Canada will stand with France and ensure that we offer all the support, whether it’s steel, or wood or whatever help we can. This is truly a piece not just of French history, but of world history that ne to be preserved, and we will be there to be part of it.”
“It is with pride that Canada will help ensure the future of this iconic French symbol for future generations,” he wrote.
The pledge is the centrepiece of today’s Christchurch Call to Action summit, co-hosted by Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — an event planned two months after a terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left 51 people dead.
Freeland meets U.S. counterpart
His offer of Canadian steel for France‘s cathedral restoration comes as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland meets with her American counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer, in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in a continued effort to resolve the dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs.
The two are expected to discuss China‘s ongoing trade actions against both countries, with Freeland making the case that Canada would have a hard time ratifying a revamped NAFTA deal while U.S. tariffs remain in place.
Canada retaliated with own tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but also imposed a 10 per cent tariff on several consumer items, targeting U.S. politicians in states where those products are made.
That product list included Kentucky bourbon, lawn mowers, ketchup, maple syrup, appliances, boats, and many other items. The federal government said it was targeting goods that Canadians could otherwise buy from domestic suppliers.
Since then, the Liberal government has rolled back some of the retaliatory tariffs, including ones imposed on recreational boats, while others remain in place.
Freeland will also hold a series of bilateral meetings with members of Congress.
Trudeau, centre, is joined by Rector-Archpriest of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral Patrick Chauvet, right, and French Culture Minister Franck Riester while addressing the media following a tour of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Wednesday. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)