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Canadian PM offers congratulations to President Trump

Justin Trudeau spoke to President Trump about trade. Credit: AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to US President Donald Trump on Saturday and congratulated him on his inauguration, his office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the importance of the Canada-United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister noted the depth of the Canada US economic relationship, with 35 states having Canada as their top export destination.

– Canadian Prime Minister's Office

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Justin Trudeau praises 'larger than life' Fidel Castro

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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said it was with "deep sorrow" that he learned of Fidel Castro's death and said the revolutionary had made "significant improvements" in Cuba.

The late Cuban leader was a friend of Mr Trudeau's father.

In a statement, Mr Trudeau said: “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

"While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante'."

Canada's Prime Minister warns against Brexit

Canada's prime minister has warned against Brexit - saying agreeing trade deals would be tougher than pro-Brexit campaigners suggest.

Justin Trudeau has warned against Brexit Credit: Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press/PA

Justin Trudeau said there would be "nothing easy or automatic" in negotiating agreements once outside the EU, and said that "more unity is a path toward greater prosperity".

Canada's trade deal with the EU is held up by many in the Leave camp as a model for how the UK would thrive if the country votes to leave on June 23.

Justin Trudeau sweeps Liberals to victory in Canada

Justin Trudeau waves with his wife Sophie Gregoire after the victory Credit: Reuters

The Liberal Party in Canada has swept to a comprehensive victory at the polls, ending ten years of Conservative government.

Justin Trudeau, the son of late premier Pierre Trudeau, became Canada's new prime minister after his Liberal Party won a majority of parliament's 338 seats.

The former teacher and MP since 2008 is the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

The Liberals had been favoured to win the most seats, but few expected the final margin of victory.

Stephen Harper, one of the longest-serving Western Prime Ministers, announced he was stepping down as Conservative leader following the crushing defeat, instructing the party to appoint an interim head.

"The people are never wrong," he said. "The disappointment is my responsibility and mine alone."