History will not record the first official meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden as “normal,” per se. Owing to the pandemic, the two met via video — there was no trip to Ottawa or Washington and it’s unclear when it will be considered safe again for the two leaders and their advisers to share a room.
But this first meeting with the new president was still perhaps more normal than Trudeau’s first, almost exactly four years ago, with the last president.
The question now is, what Trudeau might be able to accomplish in this new normal? But then it’s also necessary to wonder how long this normal might last.