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06/20/2019 07:46 EDT | Updated 06/20/2019 13:43 EDT

Raptors Coach Reveals Plans For Team Meeting With Justin Trudeau In Ottawa

Nick Nurse suggests "Canada's team" could soon visit Parliament.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the Toronto Raptors victory parade on June 17, 2019. 

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse says a meeting is in the works with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Nurse says he hasn’t heard from the U.S. White House about a congratulatory meeting, but the team has been in contact with Ottawa.

“Definitely the Trudeau meeting, because they have been asking me about scheduling it,” Nurse told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday. 

“I have heard nothing about the White House. We are Canada’s team anyway, right?”

It was not clear exactly who would attend the meeting or when it would happen.

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Nurse wouldn’t say if he would accept a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

“We are here. Let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa.”

Nurse also spoke about how Monday’s victory parade in Toronto affected the team.

He said the enthusiasm of the fans, especially the young people and the diversity of the crowd, was moving.

“What struck me the most was ‘Gee, everybody from the age of six to 18 is here,’” he said. “And such diversity. It was really something to see a sea of young people who were so excited and showing such nationalistic pride.”

Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, confirmed Thursday while the prime minister was in Washington, D.C., that there are plans to get the Raptors to Ottawa.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them here,” she said, though no further details were provided.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump was noncommittal about extending an invitation to the Canadian team.

That was a great job by a great team.U.S. President Donald Trump on the Toronto Raptors

“We thought about that. That’s an interesting question,” said Trump, seated beside Trudeau in a news conference.

“They played phenomenal basketball. I watched a little bit of it. They were really terrific, congratulations by the way,” Trump added, nodding at Trudeau.

“That was a great job by a great team. We’ll think about that. If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2019.

The Raptors captured the NBA title last week when they beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif.

During the victory parade, Trudeau addressed the celebrating crowd by saying the Raptors brought all of Canada together.

The prime minister has said he is an avid fan.

On Friday, Trudeau tweeted “And that’s how we do it in the North” moments after the Raptors defeated the Warriors to become the new NBA champions.

The prime minister also tweeted a photo of himself with two of his children and the family dog watching the final game at home.

Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer also congratulated the Toronto team on their “historic win.″

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