Canada fires reinforce need for climate action: PM

Devastating wildfires that swept across large areas of Canada have reinforced the need for nations to work together on climate change, Anthony Albanese says.

The prime minister met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Mr Albanese passed on his thoughts to Mr Trudeau on the wildfires, which have destroyed millions of hectares across the country in Canada's worst fire season on record.

Australian firefighters have been assisting with efforts to put out the blazes.

"With climate change, we're seeing more extreme weather events (which are) more frequent and more intense," Mr Albanese said in opening remarks to the meeting.

"We have so much in common, and (are) working together on issues like climate."

The two leaders also reiterated their shared commitment to ASEAN centrality as a means to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Albanese also congratulated his counterpart on Canada signing a new strategic partnership with ASEAN.

Mr Trudeau said Canada would always work closely alongside Australia on a range of issues.

"Just about everything we can agree on, whether it's fighting climate change, whether it's the need for an international rules-based order, whether it's the importance of multilateralism, but most importantly these days, making sure life is affordable for our citizens," he said

"These are things that we have and we'll continue to work on together."

The two leaders will take part in the East Asia Summit in Jakarta on Thursday.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store