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Trudeau uses commencement speech to compare youth today to Greatest Generation

Last Updated Jun 10, 2020 at 9:14 am PDT

FILE - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Thursday, May 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

Justin Trudeau says the world is facing unprecedented challenges, including climate change, racism and the pandemic

Prime minister gave a speech at Carleton University to graduates across the country

Youth today have shown perseverance to face challenges head-on, same as those who lived during the Second World: PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has faith in the young people of today to face the myriad challenges facing Canada and world, comparing them to the generation who came of age during the Second World War.

The comments came in a speech delivered Wednesday morning at Carleton University and carried live to graduates across the country whose graduation ceremonies have been affected by COVID-19.

Trudeau says the world is facing an unprecedented number of challenges, including climate change, racism and the pandemic, all of which have caused levels of upheaval not seen in generations.

But he says the youth of today have already shown their perseverance and willingness to face those challenges head-on in the same way as the so-called Greatest Generation that lived during the Second World War.

He says aside from the sacrifices that young people have made to protect against COVID-19, they have also been leading the way on climate change and fighting against injustice such as racism.

Trudeau also highlighted the importance of remaining united, underscoring the importance of community in facing the challenges together rather than being divided.