LONDON – Justin Trudeau returns to the fold after a long trip abroad that included stops in three countries. The stay seemed to allow him to burnish his reputation at international level, and to reaffirm some of the alliances key, although the prime minister has not entered into any major contract.
When the ten-day trip to Peru, France and the United Kingdom – interspersed with a brief return to Ottawa – started last week, one of the questions was whether Justin Trudeau would be able to resume on the international stage after recent controversies in China and India.
This time, no outfit has raised some eyebrows: Mr. Trudeau held his full and, on occasion, his shirts with the sleeves identified while meeting with world leaders, representatives of industries and of the students.
There was no gaffe or voltage while the prime minister was the promotion of its progressive goals in terms of trade, rights of women and the protection of the oceans, while launching warnings to the rise of authoritarianism and inequality around the world.
In addition to promoting these ideals, he has held closed-door meetings, first in Peru with the Mexico and the United States regarding the free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA), and then in the Uk about Russia, Syria and cyber-security.
Mr. Trudeau has not facilitated the task, then he did a short stint in Ottawa, after his visit to Peru, to meet with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia on the pipeline, Trans Mountain, rather than going straight to Paris as planned.
But this judgment to the house may well be fulfilling the most specific to this trip, Justin Trudeau announced that his government had the intention to introduce a bill to reaffirm the federal government’s authority on the pipeline.
In Peru, a few hours after having met the canadian prime minister, the vice-president of the United States, Mike Pence predicted that there would be a new free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA) in the next few weeks. In Paris, the Canada and the France have agreed to cooperate and to push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate.
In London, Mr. Trudeau has joined with its counterparts in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their alliance in terms of global security.
Mr. Trudeau would also have taken advantage of every possible opportunity to promote Canada’s priorities within the G7, and to advocate for its place in the security Council of the united Nations. Notably, he held meetings in the margins of the Summit of the Americas in Peru, and a summit of leaders of the Commonwealth in London, with the leaders of Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.
He had, however, entered into a commercial agreement important, despite a speech in front of leaders of industries in Peru, and many meetings in Paris and London. Some ads minor in terms of foreign aid have been made.
Mr. Trudeau has asked some of the actions bold, especially when he took advantage of his speech to the French national Assembly about the trade agreement Canada-european Union, distasteful to a few elected French and getting the approval of some.
It has also been hard on the venezuelan government, which he described as an authoritarian murderer. He also criticised the Commonwealth – or at least some of its members – for its attitude towards the rights of the community LGBTQ.
The prime minister, however, remained ambiguous in several other areas, including in respect of its plans to eliminate plastic waste from oceans and about hackers russians and the threat they might pose to Canadians.
During his last press conference in London, Thursday, has asked Justin Trudeau to self-assess his or her journey.
“Here in London and in France and Lima, we were determined to promote Canada’s interests and to create better business opportunities, better relationships that will benefit Canadians and the world”, he said.
“(…) We are struggling each day to defend and advance the interests of Canadians – that it gives you a cuff or not.”