Jill Biden, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau head to curling rink

Ottawa –

As Sophie Grégoire Trudeau takes Jill Biden to the curling rink, the first lady of the United States gives an in-depth look at Canadian sports culture in Ottawa today.

President Joe Biden and his wife arrived in Ottawa Thursday night for their first official visit to Canada since the president took office two years ago.

He will spend most of the day meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau near Parliament Hill and his wives on the ice at the nearby Rideau Curling Club.

According to her official itinerary, Jill Biden will receive an “introduction to the sport of curling” before speaking with her local youth team about wellness and mental health.

The women will then travel to the National Gallery of Canada, where they will see an exhibition by Canadian female artists, have lunch, and attend the President’s address to Congress.

The two met at the North American Summit in Mexico a few months ago, and the first lady called Gregoire Trudeau a “good friend and neighbor.”

John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said: “The First Lady will continue to develop friendships with First Lady Sophie Trudeau, share cultural ties and, of course, empower young people. I will participate in a focused spouse program,” said Wednesday’s pre-trip briefing.

Gregoire Trudeau also forged a lasting friendship with former first lady Michelle Obama, who once called her his “soulmate.”

The women are expected to complete their visit by attending a gala dinner at the Canadian Air and Space Museum with their husbands.

The guest list includes several high-ranking Canadian officials, including Governor Mary Simon and her husband, cabinet ministers, and Indigenous leaders.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on March 24, 2023.

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