Trudeau Well Received by International Community at G20 Summit
Prime Minister Trudeau just attended the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey over the weekend to meet with several world leaders and received very enthusiastic rounds of applause during and after his several speeches. For the most part he reiterated the talking points that got him elected and shared them with the world. He spoke on his plan to stimulate the economy by planning a 3 year C$10B annual deficit to allow spending on things that will help grow the economy in the long term. Trudeau talked about how long term investments in infrastructure and as well as today’s youth are the keys to growth down the road.
“It is tempting to look at quarterly returns and short term outcomes and think if everyone just takes care of the short term, the long term will take care of itself. That is increasingly not true.” – Prime Minister Trudeau
Besides economics a big part of his plan while there, was to share his thoughts and plans for combating climate change and the reduction of carbon emissions with other world leaders.
The Prime Minister also doubled down on the fact that Canadian combat missions will be ending in Iraq and Syria even though much of the G20 Summit was taken over by talk of security and how to deal with ISIS as the summit took place just after the Paris attacks, one of the largest scale terrorist attacks in several years. Nevertheless, Trudeau intends to remove ground troops from the aforementioned countries, as well as withdrawing Canada’s fighter jets from the region. Canada will in turn be focusing on humanitarian efforts, and is still planning to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the 2015.
Trudeau for the first time had a brief, informal meeting with President Barack Obama. He had previously spoken with him twice over the phone but the two had never met until speaking on the sidelines of the Summit. They are scheduled to have a more formal discussion during The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Manila, later this week. Obama praised Trudeau’s plan to stimulate the Canadian economy by injecting money into infrastructure. However, the initiative to withdraw Canadian ground troops and aircraft from Iraq and Syria was not discussed between the two.
Furthermore Justin Trudeau also held bilateral meetings with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, where he announced a $14 million infrastructure project for the President’s country. The PM also had a discussion with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in which they talked about the two country’s current relationship and a few minor issues causing a small bit of friction between the nations. They also shared thoughts and ideas for combating climate change, and Trudeau reassured President Nieto that he intends to follow through with the Liberal party’s promise to lift the visa requirements on Mexican citizens.
A key point was cited by Trudeau in regards to his perspective on aiding the youth to encourage long term growth, was that he talked about his time spent as a school teacher. That time being a catalyst in recognizing the widespread societal benefits from helping young people get ahead and be successful. He concluded that point by reassuring that his decision was not a “sentimental choice”, but rather because the job overlaps with business, employment, and international relations. Key areas of which he wants to help grow and strengthen.
The Prime Minister was well received in his representation of Canada and showed the world he intends to bring the country back to it’s roots and original values which have become murky and misguided under the Harper regime. Trudeau will soon be attending many other international conferences in the coming weeks, where he will speak further on the Liberal party’s plans and ideas to combat the problems of today and tomorrow. Trudeau had many fans supporting his policies and ideas at the G20 Summit, although his plan to intake 25,000 Syrian refugees has come under more intense scrutiny since the Paris attacks, however he remains steadfast with that agenda.