Trudeau hits ground running with a calendar crammed with high-profile meetings
PM attending G20 and APEC summits, climate conference and meetings with Queen, premiers
Little over a week after being sworn in, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set out an ambitious political agenda over the next couple months, including a busy three-week itinerary this month that includes a flurry of high-profile meetings and conferences both domestic and abroad.
Nov. 15-16: Trudeau sets off Friday for his first international trip as prime minister to the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, accompanied by a team that includes Finance Minister Bill Morneau. It will be Trudeau's first opportunity as prime minister to mix with world leaders all under the watchful eye of the media and political punditry.
So far, Trudeau has set up bilateral discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the heads of state of China. Mexico and Italy. There are expected to be others.
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Nov. 18-19: Trudeau flies to the Philippines for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting where he is to meet with business leaders from the region and hold bilateral talks with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III and leaders from other APEC countries to discuss issues affecting Canada and the Asia-Pacific region.
On the second day, Trudeau will hold a bilateral discussion with U.S. President Barack Obama, their first meeting with since Trudeau became prime minister and Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
The two have had at least two conversations, one shortly after Trudeau was elected and one last week, when Obama informed him of his Keystone decision. Trudeau has informed Obama that Canada will be pulling out of the U.S.-led aerial bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq but he has said that withdrawal is still days or weeks away.
Nov. 23: Trudeau will then head back to Ottawa where he will meet with provincial and territorial premiers to "discuss the kind of strong and cohesive [environmental] message we will be delivering as Canadians" before attending the United Nations climate change summit in Paris later in the month. Trudeau has invited all the provincial and territorial leaders to join him at the conference.
Nov. 25: Trudeau will leave the country again, off to meet Queen Elizabeth in London at Buckingham Palace. His visit comes on the heels of a controversy among some monarchists in Canada, upset over the removal the Queen's portrait from the Global Affairs Canada building in Ottawa; which was replaced with paintings by Quebec artist Alfred Pellan. In a statement this week, Trudeau stressed that "Her Majesty will remain an integral part of our country's progress and future."
Nov. 27-29: Trudeau attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Accompanied by the premiers, Trudeau will attend COP 21, the UN-sponsored international climate summit in Paris. The conference has been convened to set new global greenhouse gas emission targets for after 2020 to prevent a two-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures.
But December, as well, will prove to be a busy month for the prime minister. On Dec. 3, the House of Commons reconvenes and members will, among other duties, choose a new speaker. The next day, the Governor General will deliver the speech from the throne, laying out the government's priorities.
An economic statement from the finance minister will likely follow. And Trudeau also wants to push through his tax relief measures for middle income Canadians before the end of the year. Meanwhile, CBC News has learned that Trudeau will meet with leaders from five national aboriginal organizations, sometime before the end of the year, all while working on his pledge to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees.
With files from The Canadian Press