Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Trudeau aims for G7 to pick up fight against extreme nationalism

Justin Trudeau Reuters

TORONTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women’s education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he told AFP in an exclusive interview.

“Many countries and many citizens are questioning the current system, as seen by the emergence of extreme nationalism or right-wing populism, or (voicing opposition) to anti-globalization,” Trudeau said.

“This must be at the center of the discussions we will have at the G7: how to reassure citizens about the future we are building together,” he added in his parliamentary office in Ottawa.

“It is important that we remain vigilant and keep this order, this peace, this stability, this predictability that has helped us to create everything we have today.”

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the US out of the Iranian nuclear deal is expected to be front and center at the June 8-9 summit in La Malbaie of leaders of the world’s seven largest industrialized nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Global trade is also on the menu, as Canada, Mexico and the United States hold crunch talks to try to secure a new North American Free Trade Agreement, and Europe and Japan push back against US protectionist trade policies.

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