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2 hours ago, st27 said:

Where is Justy anyway??? From almost daily selfies and photo ops since being elected in 2015, he has become invisible, (aside from a photo op on Toy Mountain with a yz tv station). Time to put on the big boy pants and deal with things like NATO/Trump, a slowing economy (big layoffs in bc forestry as well as oil and agriculture), national unity....

Prime Minister’s Itinerary for Monday, December 2, 2019

December 1, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

Note: All times local

Ottawa, Ontario

8:00 a.m. The Prime Minister will depart for London, United Kingdom.

Canada Reception Centre
190 Clear Skies Private

Notes for media:

  • Photo opportunity
  • Media are asked to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.

London, United Kingdom

7:30 p.m. The Prime Minister will arrive in London, United Kingdom.

Inflite Jet Centre
London Stansted Airport

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Here is a refreshing viewpoint of our newly re-elected government:


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hurt. 

So he has gone into hiding to tend to his electoral wounds. Justin Trudeau kept his job. But for how long? He knows Liberals are allergic to minority governments he now leads. He will likely get one more chance to win a majority. If Trudeau doesn't, he may have to take a walk in the snow and quit like his father once famously did or risk the humiliation of being pushed out.  .......

These sweet baubles are proof that so many Canadian journalists are willing to abandon any pretence of exercising the critical faculties they are alleged to possess, preferring instead to engage in predictable and embarrassing hagiography.

These media-manufactured confections are also a reminder of how these same scribes once anointed Trudeau a saint who, in words and deeds, emerged as the refreshing antithesis of Donald Trump on the international scene.

That saccharine-laced fantasy evaporated after Trudeau was found to have broken the law to achieve his parochial political aims and to have indulged in donning racist blackface time and again well into adulthood.

Like Trudeau, Freeland is adept at self-promotion. And, like her patron, Freeland has never passed on the opportunity to promote her effervescent brand when a microphone or camera obliges.


A change from the accolades from our press.....which Trudeau ensured with his $600 million slush fund.

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A Minority government SHOULD be nothing to fear.  In a perfect world it would force the parties to work together on a  more centered agenda which can only be good for the country and its national unity.  It is unfortunate that we do not live in a perfect world and the agenda now becomes "how do we get rid of him and take power to enforce OUR Agenda"

As long as bot parties are on the far ends of the bar, the only ones to suffer are Canadian Tax Payers.


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1 hour ago, boestar said:

A Minority government SHOULD be nothing to fear.  In a perfect world it would force the parties to work together on a  more centered agenda which can only be good for the country and its national unity. 

You are certainly right about not living in a perfect world. The sentiment above was a source of comfort in days gone by but it's a worrisome thing now (at least to me). 

IMO, the conservatives now occupy the field previously held by liberals and liberals have become like the NDP of old. The NDP has become too far left for many of their own supporters and lost ground as a result.... I fear they will have far too much sway in a minority situation. In addition, about 1/3 of JT's seats hail from the Toronto area. Toronto is on the "no go" list for me now but I have no quarrel with them as long as they keep their madness at home and don't try to export it. 

I now see Toronto as the California of the north..... in a minority situation such as we have now, their power over the liberal agenda combined with NDP influence (because of the minority situation) could result in more of a leftist government than we previously enjoyed. Something the popular vote seems to indicate that most people don't want. 

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13 hours ago, Marshall said:

I rather doubt that Aliazeera got any of the booty. 

That’s  actually a very well written article. He points out a lot of stuff you will NEVER read on Trudeau’s list of “hand selected” “ Liberal enhanced” “trusted”  news sources.

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In his first role representing Canada on the world stage since his re-election, the turd has once again embarrassed the country........he still thinks he is gods gift


LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders have been caught on camera apparently talking candidly on Tuesday night about U.S. President Donald Trump,

Hours later, the backlash materialized.

“He’s two-faced,” Trump told reporters at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. “I find him to be a very nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2% and I guess he’s not happy about it.”

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Ending divisive meeting, NATO agrees to Baltics defence plan

Erdogan appears to back down on threat to block defence plan, as Trump clashes with Trudeau.

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After bitter divisions between members were revealed in London, NATO members united to agree on a defence plan to counter what they called Russia's 'aggressive actions' [Peter Nicholls/AFP]
After bitter divisions between members were revealed in London, NATO members united to agree on a defence plan to counter what they called Russia's 'aggressive actions' [Peter Nicholls/AFP]

Following a day of drama that revealed deep wounds within NATO, members of the military alliance meeting near London attempted to put on a united front by adopting a common summit statement as they agreed to an updated defence plan for the Baltics and Poland, which Turkey had previously threatened to block.

NATO leaders said in a concluding statement on Wednesday that Russia's "aggressive actions" were a threat to Euro-Atlantic security, and that China's growing influence presented challenges for the alliance.


"Our solemn commitment as enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that an attack against one ally shall be considered an attack against us all," they said.

Turkey had warned it would refuse to endorse the plan to bolster defence in Baltic states neighbouring Russia and Poland, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanding the alliance recognise groups that Ankara deems terrorists, including the YPG militia.

But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday, "We stand together, all for one and one for all. Our commitment to Article 5, the collective defence clause of our alliance, is ironclad."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the developments, saying on Wednesday that Russia would not get involved in an arms race with NATO, even if the alliance increased its military spending.

Stoltenberg has claimed that European allies and Canada have added $130bn to their defence spending since 2016. Peskov said NATO's increased spending "reinforces" the Kremlin's concerns.

According to Reuters news agency, Stoltenberg said members did not discuss the YPG militia on Wednesday. 

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Watford, said: "Stoltenberg said they were moving forward with the protection of Poland and the Baltic states, but it was not really clear whether there was a total resolution. It is clear he's trying to paper over the differences we've seen in the open since NATO leaders arrived here."

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart clashed over NATO's role and its future, with the US leader entering a war of words between Emmanuel Macron and  Erdogan.

Trump tore into Macron during a 52-minute news conference, rallying against European tax policies and criticising the French leader's remark that NATO was "brain dead" as "very, very nasty".

Macron stood by his comment and, referring to Turkey, said members disagreed over the definition of terrorism with regard to the YPG militia.

The French president first made his assessment of NATO in a November 7 interview with The Economist, as he criticised a lack of coordination between members of the alliance over Turkey's recent operation in Syria. 

Erdogan later responded, challenging Macron to check his own "brain death".

Several other NATO members also disagreed with Turkey's operation, with some suspending arms sales to Ankara.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said members declared space as the "fifth operational domain", as they agreed to prepare for conflicts in space, the Arctic and computer networks, as well as traditional land, sea and air battles.

NATO also warned China for the first time that it is monitoring Beijing's growing military might.

After the meeting ended, Trump described Justin Trudeau as "two-faced" after the Canadian prime minister was caught on camera apparently mocking him.

"He's two-faced," he told reporters, saying he had called out Trudeau on defence spending "and he's not very happy about it".

The US leader later cancelled his planned closing news conference.

Trump is currently battling against efforts to impeach him, with the Democrat-led US House of Representatives set to reach a turning point on Wednesday in its inquiry.

Commenting on divisions between NATO members, Stoltenberg said: "Our rhetoric is not always excellent, but our substance is perfect."

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RCMP owe the Aga Khan's island more than $56,000 for Trudeau vacation

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police owe the managers of the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas more than $56,000 for meals, accommodations and jet ski rentals during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial vacation, CBC News has learned.

The tab is for meals, accommodation and jet ski rentals during Trudeau's Bahamas holiday

Elizabeth Thompson · CBC News · Posted: Dec 04, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police owe the managers of the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas more than $56,000 for meals, accommodations and jet ski rentals during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial vacation, CBC News has learned.

Three years after the trip, the force has not yet reimbursed the costs "despite efforts made to do so," said RCMP spokeswoman Acting Sergeant Caroline Duval.

While the RCMP say they have tried to pay what they owe, their financial accounting system generally requires invoices. The managers of the Aga Khan's island said in e-mails obtained by CBC News that they want to be reimbursed for costs they incurred on behalf of the force — but they don't want any invoices.

According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act following a complaint to Canada's information commissioner, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police incurred a $56,000 tab in 2017 for "accommodations/meals/jet ski rentals" for the Prime Minister's Protection Detail (PMPD), the RCMP unit that guards Canada's prime ministers.

The force said the costs were directly linked to the unit's mandate "to provide close protection measures to the Prime Minister and his family."

The RCMP refuses to say how much of the money was spent on jet ski rentals, saying "doing so could expose security details about the number of personnel assigned to protect the PM and his family."

Documents outlining the costs the RCMP had to reimburse list five charges ranging from $3,500 to $22,000.

Duval said nobody other than RCMP personnel used any jet ski rented on behalf of the force.

The documents also reveal that the PMPD tried to prevent the cost from being revealed to the public. It asked that the $56,000-plus tab be exempted from proactive disclosure and be censored to remove references to the costs being incurred during the Trudeau family's Christmas vacation.

Under federal government rules, departments are supposed to proactively reveal details about contracts worth more than $10,000, unless disclosing them would jeopardize things like public safety or national security.

In a memo dated Feb. 14, 2017, RCMP Manager of Contract Quality Assurance Markos Vennos questioned why the PMPD wanted to exempt the spending from disclosure since the vacation was over.

"I sent the rationale for non-disclosure that PMPD provided up through my Director who in turn sought advice from our DG," he wrote. "She does not feel that we can exclude the contract from being disclosed proactively."

Because the bill has not yet been paid, it has not been disclosed proactively.

Trudeau has come in for heavy opposition criticism over his decision to take the trip to the Aga Khan's exclusive private island in the Bahamas over the Christmas holidays in 2016/17. Liberal MP and longtime friend Seamus O'Regan and his husband Steve Doussis joined Trudeau's family on the island, along with Anna Gainey, who was Liberal Party president at the time, and her husband Tom Pitfield, a longtime friend and a key member of Trudeau's election campaign team.

Bell Island at night. (CBC)

Then-ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found in December 2017 that Trudeau violated four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act, which governs public office holders, when he accepted the vacation from the Aga Khan. She rejected Trudeau's argument that the Aga Khan, whose foundation and Global Centre for Pluralism deal with the federal government, was simply a family friend and said the vacations could be perceived as an attempt to influence Trudeau.

A separate case, which centres on the question of whether the Aga Khan violated Canada's lobbying rules, is to be heard by the Federal Court of Appeal on Dec. 12.

The trip cost the Canadian government more than $215,000, with the RCMP accounting for $153,504 of the tab.

The RCMP has not yet responded to a question from CBC News about whether the $56,000-plus it has yet to pay is included in that total.

Former Conflict of Interest and Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated Canada's ethics rules when he accepted the vacation from the Aga Khan three years ago. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

While other government departments have provided some details of their spending, the RCMP repeatedly has refused in the past to detail its spending, maintaining that it could jeopardize the security of the prime minister.

The documents, however, provide new insight into the cost of the trip and the logistical challenges posed by what the RCMP referred to as the "Maple family deployment to Nassau, Bahamas."

When he was a child, the RCMP's codename for Trudeau was Maple 3.

On Jan. 1, 2017 in an e-mail with the subject line "Costs for Accommodations/Meals/Jet Ski rentals," Inspector Linda Blake, who headed the PMPD deployment, said she had asked the manager of Bell Island to provide an invoice for the costs incurred while her officers were on the island. A second e-mail to a Bell Island staffer the same day refers to doing "the actual calculation on the food, jet ski and boat."

A separate document, entitled RCMP Requirements for Bell Island Guest Program, lists five separate charges.

While the descriptions are blanked out, a charge for $18,000 appears to correspond to a reference in the RCMP e-mails to a meal stipend. The RCMP said the meal costs were for RCMP personnel only.

A second charge is for $22,000. The RCMP refused to say whether the amount was for accommodation, saying to do so would reveal details about the number of personnel assigned to protect the PM and his family.

That leaves three remaining charges for $8,400, $4,500 and $3,500 — one or more of which are for jet ski rental.

The documents also reveal that the unconventional decision to vacation on a private island in the Bahamas triggered a bureaucratic nightmare behind the scenes. The RCMP struggled for months to find a way within its existing financial system to reimburse the costs it had incurred on the island, while the island's managers were adamant they didn't want to issue an invoice.

They got quite testy when a senior RCMP officer tried to draft one for them.

"I have discussed this situation and we are very concerned that you went ahead and produced an invoice on our behalf after we stated several times that we cannot issue invoices," wrote Bell Island manager Gordon Overing on March 23, three months after Trudeau's visit.

"We are NOT a business and have no license to issue invoices. As stated, this should be handled as a reimbursement for items rented on behalf of the RCMP."

By April, the issue still had not been resolved.

"It looks like our normal federal government payment system is not compatible with the Bell Island operations," wrote RCMP Superintendent Pierre J.G. Ménard, director of Close Protection Details.

"Isn't there any way that we can find a solution to pay them that would satisfy both the federal government financial bureaucracy and the Bell Island managers."

Conservative MP Peter Kent plans to raise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's holiday on the Aga Khan's private island again in the coming session of Parliament. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The documents provide tantalizing glimpses of what life was like on the Aga Khan's private island during Trudeau's stay, and what one Bell Island employee described as "the full Bell Island experience."

"Things should start to get a bit busier over the next few days," says an internal e-mail to staff on Bell Island, which included the island's manager of marine operations and another staff member whose LinkedIn profile describes him as a valet and gentleman's gentleman to a royal family in France.

"We are going to climb to 31 guests for NYE (New Year's Eve) and 35 guests from the 1st to the 4th."

It came to light after Dawson's report that then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on the island at the same time as Trudeau. Trudeau said he had a chance to talk with Kerry about the state of the world and the incoming Trump administration. He described lunches and dinners with about 20 people around the table.

It is not known who else was a guest on the island at the time beyond the Aga Khan, John Kerry, Trudeau, his family and guests.

At the same time Trudeau and his family were there, the Aga Khan's staff planned an excursion on the Aga Khan's 46-metre luxury yacht Shergar. The prime minister's office refused repeatedly to say whether Trudeau and his family or guests sailed on the Shergar.

In May, Conservative critic Peter Kent called for the RCMP to look into the trip, citing a provision of the Criminal Code that prohibits public officials from accepting a benefit from someone who has dealings with the government.

But in a letter to Kent dated Aug. 19, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki informed him the force reached the conclusion that it could not "productively pursue a criminal investigation."

Kent said he plans to raise the issue when Parliament resumes sitting.

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Jaw-dropping? Two-faced? Canada's Trudeau plays down spat with Trump

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday played down a video of him discussing U.S. President Donald Trump with other world leaders, saying that he had been surprised but happy with events at a bilateral meeting earlier in the day.

Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” after a video surfaced of Trudeau talking with the leaders of Britain, France and the Netherlands about Trump’s team’s jaws dropping “to the floor” during an impromptu news conference with the two leaders.

“We had a great meeting yesterday between me and the president... Last night I made a reference to the fact there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with president Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau said, asked whether he had apologized to Trump for the comment.

“We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled announcement and... I think every different leader has teams who every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video itself for example,” Trudeau said.

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More plane troubles for the PM, replacement sent to fly NATO delegation home

Rachel AielloOttawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:23PM ESTLast Updated Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:49PM EST
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and son Xavier depart Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Trudeau flies to London today to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NATO military alliance, which is facing questions and uncertainty about how to deal with Russia, China — and its own internal divisions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA -- The plane that flew Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to NATO — a replacement to begin with — has engine troubles and another aircraft has been sent to London to bring the delegation back.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the CC-150 Polaris plane “became unserviceable” after it arrived in London because a problem with one of the engines was discovered during a post-flight inspection by the Royal Canadian Air Force.  

A different CC-150 Polaris from the fleet has been sent to bring the delegation back to Canada later today. This backup to the backup was in Italy with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette for her visit to commemorate the Italian campaign during the Second World War and it has been diverted to transport the prime minister.

Despite this, the PMO says that Payette will still be home in time to read the throne speech happening in Ottawa tomorrow to open the new Parliament.

Trudeau and the group that travelled with him to the summit on Monday made the trek there on another replacement plane because the prime minister’s main plane had been grounded until August 2020, after a collision at CFB Trenton left it with a crushed nose and engine damage in October.

According to the Canadian Armed Forces, the main plane — a CC-150 Polaris used to transport the prime minister to international events — was being towed at the military airbase in Trenton, Ont. on Oct. 18 when it sustained “significant structural damage.”

The cost to repair the aging main plane, and now to fix the backup, remain unknown.

“In the meantime, the RCAF has other aircraft that can be used for transport and are confident it can meet the needs of the government while the aircraft is being repaired,” reads the statement from the PMO.

Plane troubles also dogged the Liberals during the fall federal election campaign. On the day Trudeau kicked off the election the Air Transat plane chartered by the Liberal Party was taken out of commission when a bus carrying the travelling media drove under and scrapped up a wing.

A replacement was found, but then later on in the race Trudeau was criticized for using two planes during the campaign, one for the leader, his entourage and the media, and another for cargo.

As The Canadian Press has reported, during his first term the main prime minister’s plane also experienced problems. His arrival in India in 2018 was delayed due to a mechanical problem during a refuelling stop, and an incident with a flap required the jet to turn around shortly after taking off with Trudeau on board in 2016.

The fleet, according to The Canadian Press, are estimated to retire in 2026 and the government is looking into whether now’s the time to look into buying replacement planes.

With files from CTV News Senior Political Correspondent Glen McGregor

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19 hours ago, Marshall said:

Can not handle his booze  I guess or just plain dumb.

Just plain dumb IMO. Imagine openly mocking the most powerful man on the Western Hemisphere...the same man who controls most of your countries trade. Trudeau is all about Trudeau and could give SFA about how everyday Canadians may be affected by his lack of leadership ability.  He got what he Needed....5 seconds of recognition from his Bromance partner Macron.



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Here is the perfect opportunity for our feminist pm to show us what he is made of and take a stand for women’s rights on the world stage....maybe even get his buddies at the UN involved:


Pakistani investigators have discovered more than 600 girls and women across the country who were sex trafficked to China in the last two years. However, chances of convicting the traffickers remain uncertain due to pressures to maintain diplomatic ties.  According to a list obtained by the Associated Press, 629 Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men, since 2018. It is believed that they were all sold to the grooms by their families.  “No one is doing anything to help these girls,” an official, who remains anonymous due to their involvement in the investigation, told AP. “The whole racket is continuing, and it is growing. Why? Because they know they can get away with it.” 

What was I thinking????....actually putting action to his words and criticizing China??  I guess it will end up on the “to do” list , along with telling Putin to his face to stop being a bully.

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PM’S blunder riles Trump

  • Calgary Herald
  • 5 Dec 2019

Justin Trudeau flew out of England Wednesday, leaving in his wake what one British newspaper called a “diplomatic disaster.” The prime minister was branded “twofaced” by Donald Trump after Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and others were caught on a hot mic at a Buckingham Palace reception mocking the U.S. president.

As the NATO summit concluded Wednesday, Trump abruptly cancelled a planned news conference and returned to Washington.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer took a moment during a troop-rallying speech to his MPS to attack Trudeau for the gaffe.

“At a time when Canada needs strong relationships more than ever, Justin Trudeau’s poor judgment, lack of professionalism and love of drama continues to weaken Canada’s position on the world stage,” said Scheer. “We saw this just yesterday at the NATO summit.”

Speaking after the NDP caucus meeting, party leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters that there are a lot of valid reasons to criticize Trump, but “making the prime minister late to a cocktail party is not one.” Singh even echoed Trump’s claim that

Trudeau is “two-faced,” resurrecting a line he used in the campaign.

“Mr. Trudeau acts in one way publicly and another way privately. And the question always remains, who is the real Mr. Trudeau?” said Singh.

In a video that captured Trudeau’s remarks, the prime minister is seen talking with Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Princess Anne.

In a comment that seemed to refer to Trump’s lengthy news conferences, Trudeau said, “He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.”

Trudeau also said Trump’s “team’s jaws drop(ped) to the floor” when the president announced the next G7 summit will be at Camp David, the presidential retreat outside Washington, D.C.

In response on Wednesday morning, Trump publicly called Trudeau “two-faced,” an apparent reference to both the gossipy video and the recent blackface scandal that bruised Trudeau’s election campaign in September and generated global headlines.

But in a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump added: “But honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I’ve found him to be a very nice guy.”

The U.S. president suggested Trudeau was upset because he had put him on the spot Tuesday for Canada not spending enough on its military.

“He’s not paying two per cent and he should be paying two per cent,” Trump said. “It’s Canada. They have money and they should be paying two per cent. So I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about that, but that’s the way it is.”

NBC News later reported that Trump was caught on a different hot mic laughing about his “two-faced” jab at Trudeau.

“That was funny when I said the guy is two-faced,” Trump told an unidentified person, after griping about the media in general.

Trudeau owned up to the video in a press conference on Wednesday, saying that he was indeed talking about Trump and his unexpected announcement that the next G7 meeting would be at Camp David.

“We were all surprised and, I think, pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David. I think that was an unscheduled announcement,” said Trudeau. “I think every different leader has teams who, every now and then, have their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video itself.”

The issue dominated the British press. The Mail Online headline said, “Macron, Johnson and Trudeau try to wriggle out of a diplomatic disaster after Trump storms home from NATO summit in fury after being mocked behind his back.”

Eric Miller, a global fellow of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Centre in Washington D.C., said there is no doubt Trudeau’s interaction was a mistake.

“I think he hit a nerve. If you look at the tape and you look at the reaction, it was hard not to think about high school where you have the two good-looking rich guys gossiping about the big powerful other guy,” he said.

Miller said despite that image there is no reason why this should lead to actual damage or consequences.

“The relationship is deeper and has guardrails around it, in a sense, that doesn’t allow that sort of stuff to happen easily.”

Miller said Trudeau should find a moment to say something nice about Trump, but any hurt feelings can be patched over.

This isn’t the first spat between Trudeau and Trump at a meeting of world leaders. At the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que., Trump took issue with Trudeau’s speech about the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S.

Trump left the meeting early, tweeting that Trudeau was “very dishonest and weak.”

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  • Calgary Herald
  • 5 Dec 2019


At the closing of a G7 summit, which Canada hosted in Quebec, Trudeau reiterated his criticisms of American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Tweeting aboard Air Force One on his way home, Trump called the prime minister “very dishonest and weak” and withdrew American support for the joint leaders’ statement at the summit conclusion.

“I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands,’” Trump said the day after.

Two senior Trump advisers piled on. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN Trudeau “stabbed us in the back.” Over on Fox News, Peter Navarro, in charge of trade policy, said “there’s a special place in hell” for a foreign leader engaging in “bad-faith diplomacy” with Trump.

Chrystia Freeland, then foreign affairs minister, said the Canadians wouldn’t resort to personal attacks in their response.


Trump mused about taxing cars crossing into the U.S. from Canada during a press conference on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September, talking about negotiations for a renewed North American free-trade pact.

“We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don’t like their representative very much,” Trump said, referring to Freeland.

Trump also said he refused a meeting with Trudeau — a meeting Trudeau office said it had never requested.

All of this followed a leaders’ luncheon where Trump only took notice of the prime minister when Trudeau tapped the president on the shoulder, then shook hands with a seated Trump.

Trudeau didn’t see what the fuss was about, calling it “an interaction like so many” at the UN — “quick but cordial.”

“There are all sorts of opportunities for me to speak to President Trump,” Trudeau demurred, “and that was not the time.”

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Trudeau government fails to spend promised $8 billion on defence, blames Harper 

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has failed to spend $8 billion in defence spending over the last two years, according to Global News

Trudeau has underspent on his pledge to spend $8 billion in cash by $7.79 billion promised to the Department of National Defence. This funding would have gone to capital projects, which involves everything from maintaining military property to purchasing weapons and ammunition. 

The underspending occured in the fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. When pressed on why the Trudeau government failed to spend the promised cash, the prime minister blamed Stephan Harper’s previous government. 

Speaking to Global News, Trudeau said that “One of the things that Canadians know is that we need to be spending money properly.” He went on to say that “Procurement processes have been significantly damaged by the previous government.”


This was made public after American officials sent Ottawa a letter that criticized the government for not spending the required two percent of GDP on defence that NATO requests. 

During the NATO summit, American President Donald Trump called out Trudeau for not spending enough on defence. After the president addressed this, Trudeau mocked Trump in front of a collection of world leaders. In response to this, Trump called Trudeau “Two-faced.”




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7 hours ago, st27 said:

Here is the perfect opportunity for our feminist pm to show us what he is made of and take a stand for women’s rights on the world stage....maybe even get his buddies at the UN involved:

What was I thinking????....actually putting action to his words and criticizing China??  I guess it will end up on the “to do” list , along with telling Putin to his face to stop being a bully.

Pakistan, India and many other cultures around the globe still have arranged marriages which are essentially selling your daughter.  It has been that way for thousands of years.  Truly it is none of our business and it should remain none of our business.  Lets work on OUR culture.


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