Trudeau, Trump pledge to support women in the workforce
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Trudeau, Trump pledge to support women in the workforce

Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm MDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits next to Ivanka Trump at a meeting about boosting women in the workforce (Cormac Mac Sweeney, NEWS 1130 photo)

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump are teaming up to boost women in the workforce.

The pair are announcing the creation of a Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders as they meet some female leaders in Washington today.

The joint initiative is meant to help businesses owned by women to grow as a way to contribute to economic growth, competitiveness and the integration of the two economies.

The Prime Minister’s Office says the council will recommend ways to remove barriers to increasing competitiveness for women entrepreneurs, as well as tackle issues affecting women in the workforce, including those in senior leadership positions.

A senior government source says the idea came from Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister, who spoke to the White House about the idea.

The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who promoted child care and maternity leave on the campaign trail, was also at the meeting.