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Trudeau offers 'Canada's continued support' in call with Venezuela opposition's Guaido

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says he has spoken with the man Canada and many of its allies consider the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Canada considers Juan Guaido leader of Venezuela amid presidential power struggle

Justin Trudeau's office says the prime minister spoke with Juan Guaido about the need for countries to send a clear message about what the PMO calls 'the illegitimacy of the Maduro regime.' (Federico Parra, Drew Angerer/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says he has spoken with the man Canada and many of its allies consider the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Trudeau's office says he spoke with Juan Guaido about the need for countries to send a clear message about what the PMO calls "the illegitimacy of the Maduro regime."

A statement from the PMO says the two also discussed the need to respect Venezuela's constitution and to have free and fair presidential elections.

"The prime minister commended Juan Guaido for his courage and leadership in helping to return democracy to Venezuela and offered Canada's continued support," the statement read.

The call comes a day before Canada and its allies in the so-called Lima Group are set to meet in Ottawa.

The gathering of more than a dozen of Canada's Western Hemisphere allies is meant to find new ways to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia

The agenda was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding.

Watch: Power Panel on Canada and the Venezuela crisis

The Power Panel - Jen Gerson, Martin Patriquin, Paul Wells and John Paul Tasker discuss the ongoing political crisis gripping Venezuela and Canada's role in attempting to resolve it. 11:17

With files from CBC News