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Trudeau uses commencement speech to compare youth today to Greatest Generation

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 this 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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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