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Trudeau says Canada recognizes one independent Spain as country takes action against Catalonia vote

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Catalan riot police stands as anti-independence supporters march against the unilateral declaration of independence approved earlier by the Catalan parliament in downtown Barcelona Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Catalan riot police stands as anti-independence supporters march against the unilateral declaration of independence approved earlier by the Catalan parliament in downtown Barcelona Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

SAINT BRUNO-DE-MONTARVILE, Que. — Canada supports an undivided Spain, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday as he was asked about the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona passing a motion unilaterally establishing a new country.

"Canada recognizes one united Spain," Trudeau said in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, just east of Montreal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau carries his son, Haydrian, as he walks to the church with his other son, Xavier, to attend funeral services for Michael Pitfield, in Montreal on Friday, October 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

"We understand there are significant internal discussions that they are going through right now and we simply call for those discussions to be done according to the rule of law, according to the Spanish constitution, according to the principles of international law.

"But mostly that those conversations and discussions happen in a peaceful, non-violent way."

Earlier in the day, the prime minister attended a funeral in Montreal for Michael Pitfield, a former senator and clerk of the Privy Council.

Pitfield died last week at the age of 80.