The Taoiseach has said that the invitation to US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland still stands. 

Speaking in Canada where he is on a three-day official visit, Leo Varadkar also said he intends to visit the White House in March next year for St Patrick's Day.

Mr Varadkar said Ireland and the United States have a long standing bilateral relationship much greater than any president, taoiseach or government and it's important that be maintained. 

He added that true friends must be able to speak truth to each other and you cannot do that by ignoring each other so the invitation to Ireland stands as does his invitation from Mr Trump to visit Washington DC for St Patrick's Day. 

The Taoiseach held discussions with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Canadian EU trade deal, known as CETA, that comes into force next month. 

Mr Varadkar said it will remove 98% of tariff barriers to trade between the two countries.

Trade between Ireland and Canada is currently worth €2.5bn annually.

The pair also spoke about Brexit and the shared values Ireland and Canada have.

On abortion, the Taoiseach said he updated Mr Trudeau about plans to hold a referendum on the eighth amendment, ideally in the first half of next year to give the people of Ireland the chance to remove the constitutional ban on abortion should they wish to do so.

Mr Trudeau said he shared his perspective with the Taoiseach that reproductive rights were human rights.

Later the two leaders, along with the Taoiseach's partner, took part in the Montreal Pride Parade.

Mr Trudeau said the Taoiseach was the first foreign head of state to take part in a pride event in Canada.

Mr Varadkar also said he welcomed the Brexit position papers published by the British government in recent days.

Mr Varadkar will depart for Toronto tonight where he will meet with business and tourism leaders and attend a reception with the Irish community in the city tomorrow.