01/17/2018 14:30 EST | Updated 01/17/2018 14:40 EST

Trudeau speaks in G7 host town to kick off two-day trip to Quebec

LA MALBAIE, Que. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the G7 summit taking place in Quebec's Charlevoix region later this year is an opportunity to discuss environmental and economic issues.

Trudeau is delivering remarks at a gala in La Malbaie, the small resort town northeast of Quebec City that is preparing to host the international summit in June.

Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and the government has listed gender equality, clean energy and preparing for the jobs of the future as some of the themes of its tenure.

On Thursday, Trudeau will be in Quebec City, where he'll meet with the city's mayor and answer questions from the public at a high school as part of his cross-country town hall tour.

The prime minister has already held public meetings in the Halifax area as well as Hamilton and London, Ont.

He has said the gatherings give him more time to explain his positions than he'd typically have when answering questions from media or during question period.