Trudeau to hold cabinet retreat in N.L.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are gathering in St. John's to prepare for the months ahead and the second half of their mandate.

The visit to Newfoundland began with Trudeau marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by joining a discussion on how Newfoundlanders opened their doors to thousands of stranded airline passengers after U.S. air space was closed.

Trudeau spoke at the Come From Away forum — named for the award-winning Broadway musical that chronicles how the residents of Gander responded when nearly 7,000 passengers and crew from 38 planes were diverted there after the attacks.

Noting the struggles faced by people in the paths of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Trudeau said people "come together when terrible things happen" and that people fundamentally want to be good to each other.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Trudeau and his ministers will hunker down for their annual cabinet retreat.

The relationship with the U.S. and the Trump administration will continue to be a focus of the discussions, especially with Ottawa set to host the next round of NAFTA negotiations later in September.

The cabinet will look at a busy legislative agenda this fall, which includes some massive bills such as the proposed legalization of cannabis for recreational use and a new National Security Act.

This gathering follows a Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C., last week.