Prime Minister Trudeau: Canada’s Obama

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Obama: “The world is big and we are going to help shape it,” Obama said at joint news conference.

Declaring they share a common global vision, and will work together to shape an international agenda, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared with President Obama at White House news conference Thursday morning.

From The Guardian:  Would that the battle for the White House were as congenial, sunny, optimistic and unabashedly inclusive and outward-looking as the symbolic handover for the job of liberal leader of the English-speaking world that took place on Thursday between Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau.

The two leaders – Obama gray and nearing the end of his term, Trudeau in the first months of his prime ministership – affirmed that when it came to what they called the “big ideas” of climate change and economic inclusion the two shared a common global vision.

Just as importantly, it seemed as if Obama had found a successor to champion those liberal causes in North America and on the global stage once he leaves office: a Robin to his Batman.

Having Trudeau by his side would help rally countries around the climate change agreement reached at Paris, Obama said.    “On the big looming issues on the horizon it is vital for us to work together because the more aligned we are the more we can shape the international agenda,” Obama said. “Climate change is such an example.”   That shared vision applied to policies of economic inclusion and diversity, Obama suggested.

Obama did not refer explicitly to Trudeau’s decision to personally welcome Syrian refugees at Toronto’s airport last December, but he urged Americans not to retreat behind closed borders. “The world is big and we are going to help shape it,” Obama said.

Trudeau agreed, saying that when it came to the “big issues”, global challenges such as climate change, the two leaders were firmly on the same side.

(Read more at The Guardian)


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